Laurel and Hardy created comic masterpieces through escalation: The villain insulted the boys by snipping off a tie or smashing their bowler hats. Stan and Ollie responded by tearing off their foe’s shirt. The villain caused more malice, and the tit for tat continued until cars and houses were demolished.
When people annoy us, the natural tendency is to get back at them. But St. Paul tells us there’s a “more excellent way” of relating to others, which he defines in I Corinthians 13, a chap...
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