The devil has subtle ways to oppress and persecute us, and one of his tactics is to use strife against us. The bitterness and anger strife brings can destroy relationships, marriages, businesses, and churches before people even realize they’re operating in strife. God wants us to have rich, satisfying lives, and getting trapped in strife isn’t in His plans for us. We must resist this spirit; it’s actually an honorable thing for us to cease from it.
In our daily relationships, we must be mindful of our motives. Pride, petty jealousies, and envy can affect our thinking if we’re not careful. When strife enters in, it brings with it confusion and every evil work. We fight back against emotional attacks by remembering that God isn’t the author of confusion, but of peace.
Strife arises from a proud, self-centered heart, and we can’t walk in love if we’re operating in strife. Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins. Strife is dispatched directly from Satan to steal our peace and keep us in emotional and spiritual bondage. When anger starts to take us to a place where we don’t want to be, we need to be alert to what we’re feeling inside and remember that nothing is worth losing our peace over.
An angry person stirs up strife and a furious man abounds in transgressions. God wants to bless us, and diffusing the spirit of anger allows His blessings to work in our lives. Anger is an expression of fear, and the number one fear in a believer’s life is the fear that what God promised in His Word won’t come to pass. Accepting His grace goes a long way in eliminating those fears and helping us reclaim our peace.
God, You love us enough to warn us against getting caught in a painful cycle of anger, contention, and strife. You gave us Your Word as a guide to keep us out of danger because You only want the best for us. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- Proverbs 20:3
- James 3:16
- 1 Corinthians 14:33
- Proverbs 10:12
- Proverbs 29:22