I started reading this book yesterday and I'm already on Chapter 5. It spoke to me when I saw it at Sam's Club so I decided to go ahead and buy it. Unlike many of the other books I have purchased and not read this one has a gripping introduction. I knew I had to have it. The book is called: Conflict FREE Living and it's written by Joyce Meyer. I love love love her!!!
We were created to live in the love and excitement of harmonious relationships, free from dissension, confusion, and hurt. God wants our lives to be free from division; He wants us to live in peace with each other, yet such a life often eludes most of us. Instead, conflict wreaks havoc in our lives, leaving us wounded and alienated from one another. It is:
- Ending our marriages
- Embittering our children
- Alienating our friends and co-workers
- Splitting our churches
- Bankrupting our health
- Stealing our peace of mind and heart
I know because my life and ministry were once in danger of being destroyed by conflict and strife. My prayer is that as you read the following pages, your eyes will be opened and that you will see, more clearly than ever before, the destructive effects that conflict and dissension can have on your life~and that you will never again fail to recognize strife or confront it.
Jesus gave us His peace for our protection. We are to "hold our peace" and "let peace be the umpire" in every situation (Exod. 14:14; Col. 3:15). We should "crave peace and pursue it" and be "makers and maintainers of peace" (Ps. 34:14; Matt. 5:9)
God's Word contains some wonderful promises for the peaceful, including Psalm 37:37: "Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace." Think of it. If you are a person of peace~if you learn to resist conflict and strife~you will experience happiness. God says that His children will inherit righteousness, peace, and joy. The kingdom of God consists of these three things, but few who claim Christ as their Savior actually experience these benefits in their everyday lives. Satan deceives, lies, and beguiles believers through a lack of knowledge or the unwillingness to apply the knowledge we have.
God has instructed us to put on the full armor of God so that we can defeat the devil in every one of his strategies and deceits. (See Ephesians 6:10-18.) If we want to experience God's blessing and power, we must resist the devil's attempts to stir up strife. We must be on guard, because "the devil roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour" (1 Pet. 5:8).
If relationship problems have plagued your life, then this book is for you. If you are wondering why you don't experience spiritual power in your life and ministry, even though you are serving God and doing all you know to do, then this book is for you. If you are confused about why you are missing out on the blessings that God promises to His children, then this book is for you.
In it we are going to explore why so many of our relationships are the opposite of what Jesus promised and what we can do to enjoy the life God wants us to have. In part 1 you will learn how to recognize strife so that you can, in turn, resist it. In part 2 you will discover how to heal your troubled relationships. And in part 3, you will learn how you can unleash God's power and blessing in your life.
At the end of each chapter you will find a section devoted to summary and reflection. This section is designed to help you apply the insights you learn in each chapter. It will give you dynamic keys for discerning the roots and symptoms of conflict and strife so that you can enjoy trouble-free relationships.
Read on, and learn how your life and relationships can be full of harmony and power and blessing.
Isn't that a great Introduction? I can hardly wait to keep reading and to soak it all in. Sushi (my mini pin) made herself comfortable yesterday while I was reading. Isn't she cute?