Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Conflict is all over the front page of the New York Times. There is so much conflict that I have difficulty finding a single article. Therefore, I haven’t chosen an article for today.
Conflict is also the grist of television news and entertainment. It is a general principle of journalism that people won’t read or tune in without a measure of conflict.
Even though conflict is interesting, it one of the most painful aspects of human existence. Today, consider Jesus’ words about conflict.
Readings from the Sermon on the Mount for Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Jesus knows more about conflict management than any other person to walk the earth. He puts the responsibility for reconciliation within the individual. He goes so far as to say that our gifts of worship and prayer should be put aside until we have made the relationship with our brother or sister right.
Matthew 5.23-24 – So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
It is difficult to pray when we are conscious of a broken relationship. Determine to live at peace with all people and to be peacemakers.
Prayers for Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Dear God, please give us the ability to live peacefully with all people and to be peacemakers.