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Spiritual Life: Wisdom chooses love rather than division

Micah Smith, Tri-City Herald on

Published in Religious News

Surely Solomon must have smiled when he said to the first woman, "You are his mother and the baby is yours. Take him and go in peace."

There is timely and eternal value in this story for every pastor, any parent or even the president. You can read this compelling story of wise leadership in the Bible. It is found in 1 Kings 3:16-28.

For the real mother, the most important thing in this story was the child. The story is about the baby -- not the woman's ability to prove she was the child's biological mother, nor her power to win ultimate possession of the infant. The real mother was not driven by power, control, jealousy, or even fear.

This mother was moved by love. Love that was willing to let go for the sake of life, rather than clutching control, ending in death.

Then there is the other mother's reaction. I'm speaking of people who -- in their anger and indignation -- have been willing to follow through with the sword of division, while saying, "If I can't have it and control it, I will cut it in two." This action, of course, kills, and life disappears every single time.

The kind of cutting, dividing and splitting I am referring to can happen in a nation or a city. And it can most certainly grasp a business, a family, or a church.

What will you do with the baby?

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About The Writer

Rev. Micah Smith is president and founder of Global Gateway Network (, author of "Heaven's Heartbeat," and a Tri-City Herald Spiritual Life contributor. He enjoys trail running and coffee roasting with family and friends. email:

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