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Hearts of Peace
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.” Colossians 3: 12, 14-15a
When I was a local church pastor in my first appointment, I found myself in conflict with a lay person in the congregation. This man wanted to be chair of the trustees. I thought him inappropriate for the role, and I made sure he did not get elected. I later found out that he was hurt by my actions.
Of course, I felt that I was right about the issue. But now I know that I was also profoundly wrong. I was wrong in my way of being toward this man. My heart was at war with him. 

As we approach the 2019 Special Session, many have recommended the book TheAnatomy of Peace, by the Arbinger Institute. It is a parable about dealing with conflict. But it is much more. It seeks to teach us how to live i…