How We Can Avoid Conflict With Others

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It’s that time of year again. It’s the time when Starlings are having their young ones and it’s also the time when the Grackles are having their young. I usually put suet cakes in the feeder, and as the birds come to the feeder they only see their own needs. They come to feed themselves or to feed their young and dare any other bird get in their way—they will take them out.

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Adult Grackle with a young Starling on its back

So it also is with us, we readily see the things that we might be in need of but we do not quite readily see that others might also be in need. We are also quick to find faults in others, while we refuse to see that we may be at fault for many things ourselves.

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Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5

The best way to make improvements in our lives is to take a look at our own sinful ways; our own faults or short comings, and ask God to show us how to be better people. With the help from God healing can begin in our lives, and we will then start to see others and deal with others in a more compassionate way.

A kind and joyful word spoken will do wonders for us when we speak it, and it will also lift the person to whom it is spoken.


The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, and his glory is to overlook a transgression. Proverbs 19:11

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