Why Is Strife So Dangerous?

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Are you living in strife? If so, you need this message.

What exactly is strife?  The Merriem-Webster Dictionary defines strife as a “very angry or violent disagreement between two or more people or groups.” Interestingly, a second definition given by the same dictionary is this: “exertion or contention for superiority.”

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Why is this second definition especially relevant? Because Scripture says in Proverbs 13: 10 that “where there is strife, there is pride.”  To contend for superiority is to make oneself out to be better than another. And this is pride.

Strife is very dangerous for a number of reasons. One of the most serious is found in James 3: 16: “Where there is . . . strife, there is confusion and every evil work.”  EVERY evil work!  What a sobering truth!

Remember Proverbs 26: 21: “Like charcoal to smoldering embers and dry wood to a fire, so a hot-tempered man kindles strife.”

If you are facing difficulties in your life–whether relational, financial, emotional, or physical–ask yourself if there is strife in your life. If so, repent of it immediately and cast the spirit of strife out of your life in the Name of Jesus.

Strife is at the root of many serious issues. When you eliminate strife from your life, you will open the door to God’s blessings.

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2 thoughts on “Why Is Strife So Dangerous?

  1. I love scripture, and I also love words, language, and lexicon. Thank you for bringing all of this together in this thought-provoking thread.