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Peacemakers – Fri – 21-10-15



You know, people sometimes argue over the dumbest things. Many years ago, someone wrote to an advice columnist to settle an argument on whether the toilet paper should be hung to roll off the top of the roll or from under it!

Lorenzo Jensen III, wrote an article that asked Reddit users about the dumbest argument they have had. One person witnessed others in “a seven hour argument over an avocado which resulted in various kitchen items being thrown across a room and some of the worse abuse I’ve even seen two people scream at each other.”* Wow! What a scene! Seven hours arguing over an avocado!

People also argue over serious things. Take politics. No, really, take politics away! Don’t you wish you could? All the arguing that goes on whether face-to-face or on social media.

People also argue over religious things. Even in the Bible, Christians were arguing. Paul wrote to the Romans about their disputes over eating certain foods. Some thought it sinful, others did not. Paul examined their arguments, and, in essence, told them to be peacemakers. Oh, he didn’t use that term. But he did write this in Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” If you want to be a peacemaker, great! Remember, you may need to be one even around your Christian friends!


*Lorenzo Jensen III, “25 People Remember The Dumbest Argument They’ve Ever Had,” Thought Catalog,  July 15th 2014, https://thoughtcatalog.com/lorenzo-jensen-iii/2014/07/25-people-remember-the-dumbest-argument-theyve-ever-had/.

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Fruit of Peace – Sat – 21-05-29



Have you ever had a dispute with a neighbor? Sometimes such disputes are hard to settle. Neighbors can be real stinkers. That’s what happened to Wayne Lambarth, literally. Lambarth has a dispute with a neighboring farmer over the property line between their southeast Michigan farms. The neighbor decided to show his disagreement by creating a “fence” made of cow manure near the disputed property line. He piled manure in a 250 feet-long wall standing between two and three feet high. It is a real nuisance for Lambarth’s tenants who live a few yards away!* This does not sound like living in peace!

Disputes also arise among followers of Jesus. For some things, the Bible does not clearly state whether it is right or wrong. People can have different views. One side may condemn the other for some practice. The condemned side may view the opposing side with contempt. This type of dispute actually occurred among the early Christians in Rome. They disagreed on whether it was morally right to eat meat that had been sacrificed to idols.

Paul wrote to them and provided several principals about how to treat each other in this type of situation. The key is in Romans 14:19 “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”(NIV)

Remember, when you disagree with other followers of Jesus on matters of opinion, don’t be a stinker. Keep the peace!


*Gavin Evans, “Man Builds Wall of Manure Over Property Line Dispute With Neighbor,” Yahoo! News, Thurday, April 29, 2021, https://news.yahoo.com/man-builds-wall-manure-over-175450976.html.

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