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Jesus said, "Love one another, even as I have loved you." (John 13:34)

One of the great dangers to human spiritual happiness is unresolved conflict with another person.  Rows and falling out cause anger and resentment and do nothing more than give the devil an opportunity to wreak havoc in your life and the life of the church. The sense of injustice that is engendered can eat away at the soul and make one bitter.

There is a way out of this and that is to follow Christ's commandment to love one another, even as he loved us. This is painful. It means that we must forgive in our hearts those whom we perceive to have wronged us. And more than that, it means to "keep no record of wrongs" and to forget about the matter altogether, to turn over to a clean page in  the life of the relationship which has gone sour. 

Not only is this painful, but it is well nigh impossible without the grace of God to help us achieve it. But it is worth striving for, time and time again.

Hear what the psalmist wrote:

"Behold how good and pleasant it is
to dwell together in unity.
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
running down upon the beard." (Psalm 133:1-2)

May God bless you.