But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. – James 3:14-16 KJV
When STRIFE Is present in a marriage, in a heart, in a man or woman- there is EVERY EVIL WORK! Wow, this is big- this is why America and the world are creating hell on earth. Strife can tear relationships apart. Strife is mentioned all throughout the Bible! I read there are 43 scriptures — exclusive of synonyms for strife; selfish ambition, self-interest, rivalry, discord and dissention- in the word of God! STRIFE is defined as; conflict, antagonism, quarrel, struggle, clash, competition, disagreement, opposition, fight. It destroys relationships, it devastates hearts and minds.
Leader, at its root; PRIDE is the breeding ground of STRIFE and in the presence of Humility STRIFE starves to DEATH! Humility is the foundation of all virtue, but pride is the essence of all sin. The world system operates on the basis of pride for all that is in the world is lust and pride (1 John 2:16). Pride and lust are root sins from which all other sins spring and this is of the devil and the flesh. The time is now to quit straightening deck chairs on our TITANIC. It is time to rid our hearts, minds, marriages and all relationships from the STRIFE in our hearts and minds! Therefore- Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Eph 4:2)
Conduit, No matter what your spouse or any other human does to you- Humble yourselves before the Lord, and HE will lift you up! Luke 6:37-39 tells us that we choose how God will treat us, by how we treat those who we don’t get a long with: “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” What you give out to others, you will get back from God; Mercy, Grace, Forgiveness…Give and it shall be given to you!