|“The heroes of life are not those born wealthy, living seemingly carefree existences, but those who face the disappointments of life in the power of God.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans 12:18
The family unit affords a vivid illustration of this truth. The better we know someone the more difficult it seems to maintain peace. There are probably two reasons for this. First, because we know them well their weaknesses and idiosyncrasies become glaringly apparent. Second, familiarity tends to invite presumption; we are prone to impose on those close to us. Thus the family becomes an environment inviting confrontation.
It is in the nature of the case that people believe that they give to a relationship more than they receive. There may be notable exceptions, but generally the perception of the wife is that she gives more to the marriage than her husband, and if they have a happy marriage, it is because she is willing to do so. Ironically, the perception of her husband is the exact opposite. This phenomenon has to be factored into all relationships in order for peace to exist. Selfishness must yield to giving more than you receive.
The world, on the other hand, encourages individualism, which leads to isolation. Children are encouraged to draw away from their families, indulging their own appetites. The heroes of entertainment portray lives of hedonism and selfishness. Incompatibility is adequate ground for divorce. The family fractures and each goes his own way. Then on special days the media portrays the gathered family living in beautiful harmony. The autonomous individual feels lonely, alienated, and angry. Frustrated that he has never had such an experience, he concludes that he is a victim; somebody has wronged him.
In reality, the fault is his. He refuses to freely give of himself without demanding reciprocity. He is not willing to overlook the faults in others that seem to him to be so obnoxious. In short, he is unwilling to pay the price of peace, not defined by the absence of tribulation, but the presence of things like forgiveness, biblical love, and gentleness.
Genesis 25-26 Matthew 8:1-17 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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