“To keep a fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm, and far enough apart–about a finger’s breadth–for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage–same rule”–Marnie Reed Crowell, in The Timothy Report (www.timothyreport.com).
“Christians need to learn the art of loving compromise. They need to have their priorities in order so they know when to fight for what is really important in the church. It is sinful to follow some impressive member of the church who is fighting to get his or her way on some minor issue that is not worth fighting about. Every congregation needs a regular dose of the love described in 1 Corinthians 13 to prevent division and dissension”–Warren Wiersbe, Be Daring: Put Your Faith Where the Action Is, 37.
“Anger and contempt are the twin scourges of the earth. Mingled with greed and sexual lust, these bitter emotions form the poisonous brew in which human existence stands suspended. Few people ever get free of them in this life, and for most of us even old age does not bring bring relief. . . .Some attention has recently been paid to twelve-or fourteen-year old children who kill people for no apparent reason. Commentators have remarked on the lack of feeling in these young killers. But when you observe them accurately, you will see that they are indeed actuated by a feeling. Watch their faces. It is contempt. They are richly contemptuous of others–and at the same time terrified and enraged at being ‘dissed,’ which is their language for contempt”–Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Like in God, 150-152.
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