Is Peace in Every Human Relationship Possible?

I was recently watching a TV show and saw a character, a grown man, who was talking about his list of "mortal enemies." The comical part was the reasons the man had that led them to get on his list. One "enemy" was a TV character he idolized who failed to make a scheduled appearance the man had attended as a child. Another was "on the list" for opening the package of a collectible toy that apparently was valuable. The reasons this guy had "enemies" was not because they committed some atrocious act against him; in many cases the reason had practically nothing to do with things the "enemy" had done but was instead about his reaction and his pettiness.

I Want It NOW!

Like it or not, if you are an American you have more than likely seen the classic film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. From chocolate rivers to disturbing, little orange men, Willy Wonka no doubt yielded some interesting characters! One such character was a spoiled little girl named, Veruka Salt. Her quest for a “golden egg laying goose” within the walls of the famed Chocolate Factory eventually led to her demise ( … or dismissal … or, whatever happened). Her enabling father went as far as to say that he would get her this magic goose — just not at the time she wanted. One musical score and awkward dance later, Veruka’s last words would be, “I want it NOW!”

The Lord is Merciful

God is everything mercy ever hoped to be. He isn't just part mercy - He IS mercy. God has NEVER been unmerciful. It's who God is; mercy is His very nature. Mercy can be simply defined as 'Love in Action' (Eph. 2:4). It is living compassion (Ps. 116:5, 145:8). Theologically, mercy is what withholds that which is deserved. I always represent mercy with a "").

Longsuffering: a Fruit of the Spirit

‘Hurry up and wait.’ That ought to be my motto – but I can't bring myself to use it because it’s painfully all-too-true. Much of life is waiting and most of our frustrations come from unrealistic or improper expectations about life and others. We think longsuffering is a good quality for the driver behind us, but never for the one in front of us! We presume that others should give us a liberal amount of slack, yet we fail to deliver the same. This only leads to more frustration, impatience, and anger.