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Look What You Made Me Do

Revenge Forgiveness Anger

Source: Contextive, by Major Dalton, August 30, 2017

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Contributed By: Major Dalton | Date Posted: 2017-10-29

Scripture: Proverbs 19:11 ; Romans 12:17

Author: Major Dalton
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ILLUSTRATION

It’s been three long, silent, years, but Taylor Swift is back with new music, and apparently a new approach to career and conflict.

In the opening weekend, the first single from her new album Reputation, was downloaded over 184,000 times on iTunes. The song set a new global first-day record on Spotify with over 8 million streams. And that was all before the music video debuted at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The video was a sensation. According to YouTube, “Look What You Made Me Do” was played more than 43.2 million times in the first 24 hours, the largest one-day sum for any video. It was viewed some 30,000 times every minute.

In the song, Swift seems to be punching back at some, or perhaps all, of her combatants.

The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing’s for sure
Maybe I got mine, but you’ll all get yours

But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined

Millions have now mused about who is the “you” in Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” Who forced her hand, who ignited such vengeful energy, who gave birth to such a dark persona? A better way to ask the question, a more honest approach, is to ask, who has become an authority over her emotions?

APPLICATION

In moments of clarity, moments free of the haze of conflict, we know that, when it comes to areas of personal choice, no one makes us do anything. We alone are responsible for our actions and the accompanying consequences.

Retaliation, retribution, and revenge are the tones which pour out of this new emanation of Taylor Swift. Emotions which seem to gush out involuntarily. In Taylor’s view, she is not really responsible for what happens next. She is the agent of anger, but not the cause. She is simply reacting to the actions of others, a fact which she repeats 36 times in her four-minute declaration of defiance: “Look what you made me do. Look what you made me do.”

Bitterness is a chain of bondage that essentially makes us a slave to the actions of others. Perhaps this is why Solomon taught his son: “Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11).

Near the end of the video, Swift stands victorious over that heap of previous personas. One of these choreographed characters had taken a different approach to conflict during Swift’s last album, 1989. It was a much more liberating approach. She’s the one who sang:

I never miss a beat, I’m lightning on my feet
And that’s what they don’t see, that’s what they don’t see
I’m dancing on my own, I make the moves up as I go
And that’s what they don’t know, that’s what they don’t know

But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
It’s like I got this music in my mind
Saying it’s gonna be alright

Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Some people don’t have our best interest in mind. They will inevitably mistreat us, misuse us, and malign us. We can’t avoid them. We can’t evade the pain. But we can choose who has authority over us. We can’t control them, but we can control us.

Don’t let them make you do anything. Shake it off! Let them do what they do. Let them say what they say. You live free! You do you!

The Cost to Kill

Anger Murder Conflict

Source: "How Much Did The Vietnam War Cost?" published thevietnamwar.info, retrieved 1/13/17

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-16

Scripture: Romans 5:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Many have undertaken to calculate the cost to governments and/or tax payers to kill a single enemy combatant. For instance, it’s been suggest that it might have cost less than $1 to kill an enemy soldier in the time of Caesar, possibly as much as $2000 during the Napoleonic wars, nearly $20,000 during the First World War, and double that by the Second World War. By the time of the Vietnam War, the US had spent about $168 billion (equivalent to nearly $1 trillion today!) on the war effort, resulting in a “kill cost” of approximately $170,000 per downed enemy.

In contemporary terms, it’s hard to calculate the cost to kill, since the US government will not fully divulge the true cost of our “modern” and highly technologically driven conflicts in the Middle East and our war on Terrorism. It has been suggested, however, that it might cost as much as $50 million per enemy combatant vanquished.

APPLICATION

As high as the cost to kill an ememy might be, it will never be as high as the cost that God was willing to pay to save those who, through disobedience, had become His enemies. That's because every single enemy combatant that God has redeemed cost Him the life of the Son of God. 

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). 

Puppy Adds To Soft Answer

Anger Communication Confrontation

Source: “Is this the perfect passive aggressive note?” Sophie Roberts, The Sun, JUNE 22, 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-26

Scripture: Proverbs 15:1

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Sophie Roberts, with The Sun, reports:

THE power of the windscreen note strikes again, as an angry resident shames a careless parker in the most passive-aggressive way possible.

It turns out that using an illustration of an adorable dog could be the best method of ridding your road of parking hogs.

The printed message, which was left on the car windscreen, reads: “I am giving you this dog, his name is Spot.

“I thought you might want him, as you seem to be trying to take as many spots as possible.

“I hope this helps.”

. . . Many commenters commended the resident for their way of handling the irritating situation.

One Reddit user remarked: “That’s a cute, non-threatening note. It also gets the message across.”

APPLICATION

When you have a difficult point to make, and you fear that it won't be well received, it’s important to take a gentle approach. For one thing, an angry, accusatory attack is not only demeaning, it communicates that you’re taking yourself too seriously.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). 

GOD CAN FIX THIS!

Prayer Politics Anger

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-04

Scripture: Philippians 4:13 ; 1 Timothy 2:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Who Controls The Thermostat?

Anger Relationships Words (Power of)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-08-17

Scripture: Proverbs 15:1 ; Proverbs 15:18

Author: Lisa Rein / Illustration Exchange
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Tsarnaev's Mother Says US Will Pay for Her Son's Punishment

Anger Blame Hypocrisy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-13

Scripture: Proverbs 15:14 ; Matthew 7:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Teen Dies In Poorly Conceived Payback Plan

Anger Vengeance Peace

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-12-29

Scripture: Romans 12:17

Author: Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff / Illustration Excha
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Angry Neighbor Calls for the Death of Autistic Child

Anger Judging Bully (Bullying)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-22

Scripture: Romans 12:3 ; Romans 12:16

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Gentlemen, Draw Your Sausages

Conflict Confrontation Anger

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-08-07

Scripture: Ephesians 4:26

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Bomber's Body Not Welcome In Cemeteries

Anger Bitterness Forgiveness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2013-05-05

Scripture: Proverbs 24:17 ; Ephesians 4:26

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