19 But behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them, and Satan had full power over the hearts of the people; for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness of their minds that they might be destroyed; wherefore they went again to battle.

How tragic. The Jaredites knew that the only outcome of their war would be mutual assured destruction, and yet they could not stop fighting because their hearts were hardened and full of hate.

How often do we react to conflicts in the same way? Do we rush in to an argument even though we know there is no way for it to end well. Do we seek disagreement and contention? Do we avoid apologizing or backing down in a mad effort to save face.
We should learn from the Jaredites that such a course only leads to destruction.

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