ALOHA FAMILY & FRIENDS,  Beloved of God and me,    John 3:16-18

Today’s Scripture    (Across my desk this morning from Texas.)
“…Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling…”   (Proverbs 20:3, NLT)

Marked by Honor
A lot of times we think winning a fight is a mark of honor. We walk away from an argument thinking, I won that fight. I told them off. That’s not winning. You fed your ego, but it didn’t strengthen your relationship. You may have won the argument, but how much damage was done? When we say hurtful things, it exacts a heavy price. The real way to win is to avoid it and walk away. That’s a mark of honor. It takes humility. Pride wants to argue and have the last word.  There’s a right way and a right time to address your differences. Do it calmly, express your concerns, and then leave it there. If it starts getting heated, walk away. When you do it God’s way, He’ll fight your battles. He’ll change what needs to be changed. Do what you can to keep the atmosphere loving, kind, and peaceful. Be a person of honor and avoid the fight.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for calling me to be a person marked by honor. Help me to know the right way and a right time to quietly and calmly address my differences with others. I want to do it Your way and leave it to You to fight my battles. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

Ken’s Thoughts:
Actually there is no real code of ethics concerning differences.  For me, I try to stay really close to the Holy Spirit as some times it is to speak to: “Edification, Exhortation and Comfort” 1 Cor.14:3 and at other times to: “Reprove, Rebuke & Exhort with long suffering and doctrine” 2 Tim. 4:1-3.   We find this freedom in the ministry of Christ Jesus and the Apostles.  So it would seem that all possible ways of resolving conflict are on the table.  Jesus even advised Peter to purchase a sword for family protection.  Matt. 10:34,  Luke 22:36-38.  At given points in the LORD’S ministry HE took very different positions.  Personally I feel they were all closely guided by the Holy Spirit.  But there are no limitations as to the options.  For the harlot, “neither do I condemn thee.   But for the religious leaders, your father is the devil…  The gold coin from the fish to pay the taxes but the tables in the Temple of the money changes are up ended.  Even in dying HE managed to save one of the thieves dying with HIM.  And HE was more concerned for the souls of the men driving spikes into HIS feet than he was the awesome pain HE was experiencing.  Personally I know that feet have a lot of nerve ending, for sure.   And I deeply feel that our concerns from the lost could use some adjustments.  Sharing Christ Jesus, of course has to come by way of God’s love for the lost.  And with it that we have been invited to join the Holy Spirit in the supernatural harvest.  And we clearly see in 1 Cor.3:6-8 that anyone can learn to be a good gardener and be rewarded.  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.  And this sowing and harvesting is not just for the Elders to do, It is for everyone to learn how to do.  The sheep bear the lambs.  Take a look as some beautiful feet in Romans 10:14-16: “.How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 and how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  And in John 17:20-22 Christ Jesus prayed for us here today: Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: And of course, David, can not forget David after all he went through.  Psalm 107:1-3, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good:for his mercy endureth for ever.  2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; 3 and gathered them out of the lands,  from the east, and from the west,  from the north, and from the south.”  So if you are redeemed from the hand of the enemy, what responsibility do you have before the Heavenly Father.  How do you think HE will feel about it after the cost of redemption if we are too fearful or self conscious or prideful to share the good news?

Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.   Hebrews 13:20-21

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<><
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Brief News:
New footage has emerged of an ongoing crackdown by China’s government against devoted Christians, including the removal of crosses and disbandment of churches.  Many of the coronavirus pandemic layoffs will become permanent job losses, according to a new study with alarming implications for the future of the economy, estimated to be 42%. The Perfect Storm. But we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Rom. 8:28

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