Matthew 5:25-26 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

There were two different tribes living together in our small African village. Both groups claimed the same piece of land adjacent to the village school. The leader of the Fu people planted trees on the land in question, which resulted in the leader of the Ka people calling his people to attack the Fu people.

During the skirmish the leader of the Fu sent messages into the city requesting police intervention, claiming the Ka people were killing all the Fu people. A few persons were hurt in the attack, but no one was injured seriously. By the time the military and policemen arrived there was no evidence of any dispute. They had settled the quarrel and gone home.

The policemen gave stiff fines to the leaders of the Fu for needlessly calling the police and military units and wasting the government’s time.

Lord, help us settle matters quickly and peacefully.

PS I had no idea what was happening that day when trucks of soldiers, armed with machine guns, zoomed by my home going into the village.


About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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One Response to JANUARY 20

  1. mflabar says:

    Too bad that all disputes don’t get settled with so little bloodshed.

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