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Saturday, August 20 2011
The Path Of Peace
The English word "strife," which is usually defined as a lack of agreement, or a state of conflict, originated from an old Icelandic word, strith, which meant war. The English word "strive," which is defined as "attempt by employing effort," is actually just a later variant spelling of strife.
"Strife" and "strive" are used to translate a single Hebrew word, pronounced reeb, which means to contest, or to wrangle. An example:
"13:7 And there was a strife [i.e. the Hebrew word, pronounced reeb] between the herdmen of Abram's cattle and the herdmen of Lot's cattle" (Genesis 13:7 KJV)
"It is an honour for a man to cease from strife"
It takes two opposing hands to make a clapping noise; it takes two opposing sides for strife. Not all strife can be avoided, but most can - simply by not wasting your precious time responding to someone while they choose to behave in a belligerent manner toward you. Pray for their repentance and healing, but until that has genuinely happened, don't be baited into a strife ambush; don't have any contact with someone who abuses you i.e. "22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease" (Proverbs 22:10 KJV).
"10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins." (Proverbs 10:12 KJV)
Creating, or needlessly responding to strife (which is itself creating strife), is sinful and anti-Christian. It's evil: "strife ... they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (see Galatians 5:19-21 quoted below).
"3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" (1 Corinthians 3:3 KJV)
The spirit of strife cannot be permitted to poison God's children; they must instead "in meekness instruct those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth."
"2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, Charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth" (2 Timothy 2:22-25 KJV)
James made the direct, literal-meaning connection between "war" and "strife."
"3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish [see Devils]. 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Fact Finder: What was the apostle Paul's response to being "goaded"?
This Day In History, August 20
636: A Byzantine attempt to drive Muslims out of Syria was thwarted at the battle of Yarmuk.
1667: John Milton published Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1741: Alaska was "discovered" (native people were already there) by Danish explorer Vitus Bering.
1794: General "Mad Anthony" Wayne slaughtered the last of the Ohio Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers, ending native resistance to white encroachment in the area.
1914: German troops entered Brussels, the first European capital to be occupied by an invading army since the fall of Paris in 1870. Brussels itself had not been occupied since the time of Napoleon.
1929: The first airship flight around the Earth flying eastward was completed.
1940: As the months-long Battle of Britain air war raged overhead, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in referring to the heavily outnumbered young Royal Air Force fighter pilots (2,200 Nazi fighters and bombers to 700 British Hurricanes and Spitfires) who were giving the attacking Nazi air force the bloody mauling that caused Hitler to cancel his planned land invasion of Britain, told Parliament: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
1940: Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary, was fatally wounded by a Spanish communist with an ax in Mexico City. He died the next day. The Soviet government denied responsibility.
1941: When his air force failed to defeat the Royal Air Force over Britain, Adolf Hitler (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) authorized the development of the V-2 missile that could bomb Britain while the "pilots" remained safely in Germany - beginning the modern age of "kill from the comfort of your desk" warfare.
1944: U.S., British and Canadian forces destroyed the German Seventh Army at the Falaise-Argentan Gap, west of Paris.
1960: 2 dogs and 6 mice became the first earthlings in space, aboard the Russian Sputnik V.
1968: Elements of the Warsaw-Pact armies of Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, Poland and the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia to crush Alexander Dubcek's reformist government, ending the "Prague Spring"; Soviet communist leader Leonid Brezhnev warned that USSR could intervene in any communist country whose policies deviated from its standards.
1986: A mail carrier in Oklahoma shot 14 fellow postal workers dead. It was one of the first of such mass killings that came to be called "going postal."
2001: Fred Hoyle died at age 86. The British astronomer invented the term "big bang" - but never accepted the theory as the origin of the universe.