The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The way of peace

Three insights for breaking the cycle of subtle violence in your life

It happens so often we think it's inevitable--subtle jabs, verbal jousting, offhand but not-so-spontaneous put-downs. They poison our workaday life and our most intimate relationships, sometimes with tragic results.

Small but long-harbored resentments grow into annoyance and angry words: "Don't criticize me; you're not so perfect." "Why must you always get your way?"

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