AVOID THE STRIFE!!
With all the hate and confusion going on in this world today it is more important than ever to AVOID STRIFE with the same fervor you would a home invader because strife is just as dangerous!!! James 3:16 says, “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder [unrest, rebellion] and every evil thing and morally degrading practice.” God knows what He's talking about. Imagine that???? If you are "feeding" into this strife then you are going to have disastrous consequences in your life. Have you ever noticed how someone else's negative perspective begins to rub off on you and before you know it you begin to see it their way or your upbeat outlook becomes gloom and doom. These kinds of people will suck the life out of you and should be avoided at all costs. The real answer to any of life's problems always begins with prayer not a constant berating, harassing, hashing over things that does nothing but make you more and more angry. Prayer is and will always be the answer to the unrest in our personal lives, our society and our nation. As Christians we need to get back to prayer and stay there until this ugly spirit looming over our nation is demolished. May these scriptures help keep you focused:
- 2 Chronicles 7:14: "And if My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves, and pray and seek (crave, require as a necessity) My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear [them] from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
- Proverbs 15:1: "A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, but harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger."
- Proverbs 15:23: “A man has joy in giving an appropriate answer, and how good and delightful is a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!”
- Proverbs 19:11: "Good sense and discretion make a man slow to anger, and it is to his honor and glory to overlook a transgression or an offense [without seeking revenge and harboring resentment]."
- Proverbs 22:24-25: "Do not even associate with a man given to angry outbursts; or go [along] with a hot-tempered man, or you will learn his [undisciplined] ways and get yourself trapped [in a situation from which it is hard to escape]."
- Proverbs 29:22: "An angry man stirs up strife, and a hot-tempered and undisciplined man commits many transgressions."
- James 1:19-20: "Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].