We lose the peace of our years, as we engage in the moments of strife.

We lose the peace of our years, as we engage in the moments of strife.
Many people like to argue which causes this strife.  If you interfere with it will grow, and it will fuel flames of strife.
People will respond to you according to how you treat them.  There are three rules to remember:
First, there is the Iron Rule.  Some people insist on having things their way.  One might say, ‘it is either my way or the highway.’  Solomon tell us, “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.”  (Proverbs 28: 25).  Pride and strife go hand-in-hand.
Second, there is the Silver Rule, whatever is mind stays mine without sharing.  There are those who keep to themselves and never participate or associate in the lives of others.  The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 11, illustrates this perfectly, the religious leaders of the day were confronted with a man that needed help.  Instead of stopping what they were doing and helping the man, they observed the Passover.  They ignore the man that is in need for their own personal pleasure.  They observe the Silver Rule; whatever is theirs stays with them!
Finally, there is the Golden Rule; people will respond to you in the same way you treat them.  Jesus said, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”  (Matthew 7: 12).
When there is contention, be calm.
When there is anger, be kind.
When there is hate, love.
When there is injury, be forgiving!
Three rules to remember in living and to apply in everyday life!

Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ.  michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com