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Resist Strife
By Victoria Osteen - Dec 03, 2009
From time to time, people ask me if Joel and I ever argue; and of course we disagree, but you can't actually argue with someone who won't argue with you! And Joel simply won't argue. He's made up his mind that he is going to keep peace in our home and I am so grateful! We've decided that we are going to stay in unity, and we're going to walk in love because that is where the power is. We understand that one of the enemy's goals is to make our love grow cold toward one another by trying to bring in strife and division. And, it always starts with the small things. You may not even realize it, but if you allow a little strife and disharmony in your relationships, like a cancer, eventually it's going to grow and tear those relationships apart. That's why it's so important to keep peace in every area of your life.

Here in the United States we are just getting into the Christmas Season, and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the preparations—decorations, party planning, and gift giving. We have to remember that it really isn't about all the "stuff"; it's about what God has done for His people! He gave us the gift of life and peace through His Son, Jesus, and because He has given us the gift of life and peace, above all, we should be focused on resisting strife and giving life and peace to the people around us!

As you prepare for the coming weeks with friends and family, think about this: when all is said and done, people are more likely to remember their experience with you more than they will remember the table settings, decorations, or even most gifts! Let them experience peace and life when they are around you. Be an example of God's love. Resist strife and be determined to be a blessing everywhere you go this holiday season!
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