Notes from the Journey with David – 100

100. And the casualties that day were great, twenty thousand men (2 Samuel 18:7).
Why is it that civil war is the most costly type of war? The loss of life and devastation mounts to unimaginable levels. Is it that every life lost hurts both sides? That a former friend, now become enemy, has been lost? While I’m sure there are many potential reasons for this observable reality of civil war, one cannot help but see that fighting within a nation almost always proves more costly than any external struggle. A leader must understand this. He must recognize that conflict among those he leads comes at a high price, even if that conflict would never escalate to a battlefield. Internal strife and division must be addressed quickly and effectively or the damage will be greater than we ever imagined.

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