"Let nothing be done through strife..."
(Philippians 2:3 KJV)
Strife is defined as 'conflict. struggle. rivalry,' and God's Word says to avoid it at all cost. 'Let nothing be done through strife. but in lowliness of mind let each esteem [the] other better than themselves.' Strife is customdesigned to play havoc in marriages, churches, businesses and relationships. It stems from our self-centered ego and leads to comparing, competing and condemning.
The Word of God says: 'Where envying and strife is, there is every evil work' (James 3:16).
Keeping strife out of your life means recognizing and uprooting it before it grows; 'See no root of bitterness springing up, causes trouble, and. many be defiled' (Hebrews 12:15 NAS). And Paul adds, ' Complete my joy by living in harmony, being of the same mind, having the same love. '
(Philippians 2:2 AMP). Enjoying God's blessings requires doing all we can to live in harmony with one another. Is that easy to do? No, but the sooner you learn it, the better things will be.
Pastor Campbell can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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