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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Bridging the Divide

What would you do to bridge the divide and build trust? How willing are you to go to bat for someone else when it’s not your turf at stake? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 265).

When divided on issues, it is important in order to maintain comity for the persons involved not to be ridden by issues, but to remain in charge and steer the issues themselves to mutual accommodation based on trust. As impractical as this may sound, it is essential for progress...for it is indeed true that goodwill is ultimately based on the conviction and  presence of unconditional love. When we sense that another person is willing to put us down and willy-nilly sacrifice us in order to win, we realize it is not the basic issue that is the motive force of our opponent, but rather a determination to dominate us. In fact such a domineering  person has not the purpose of resolution or amenable outcomes, but of denigration and humiliation. It is interesting to note that the special rancor that we now find in Washington coincides with decreasing church attendance. A main function of the church is to teach and demonstrate continually the necessity and practicality of a nurturing unconditional love for the good of all generations.                    

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