Whenever and wherever disagreements, discord, animosity and bickering appear, there is always a critical source of the conflict that is mostly ignored until it is too late. The fountainhead of strife is revealed in this simple passage from Proverbs: “Where there is strife, there is pride.” Instead of dealing with the underlying issue of pride on both sides, we try pacifying feelings, negotiating details, temper tantrums or setting boundaries. But we mostly ignore the element of pride. While seeing with blazing clarity the pride of the other person, we remain blind to our own. LORD God, Prince of Peace, help me see my pride more readily. Forgive my angry defensiveness and grant me genuine humility.
Betrayal by people you care about hurts so deeply because you have to face the fact that they did not value you as much as you had expected. Humanly speaking, the way we love, and the way we wish others would love us is so selfish at its core that it is a constant setup for devastating disappointment. So how do we become betrayal proof? Let’s start with God’s promises, “I will NEVER leave or forsake you”, and “perfect love casts out fear”. So to be loved BY God and to love LIKE God is to become betrayal proof. The combination of having the right perspective and actions is our deliverance from disappointment; only perfect love can protect you. Loving Father, teach me Your ways. Purify both my receiving and giving of perfect love.