Seek Love and Stop Strife! Are you ready to make a choice? A choice for the good in your life? So, are you ready to stop the strife in your life? Let’s have a close look at strife any way. The most hazardous weapon the devil uses against
us is also called the foremost enemy of LOVE. I am talking about STRIFE.
Today the spirit of strife and contention is destroying churches, marriages and families, friendships and relationships with God. Strife means “vigorous and bitter conflict, discord and antagonism, to quarrel, struggle or clash; competition; rivalry.” This dangerous sin is an open door to the devil. It gives him license to bring confusion and evil into our lives.
The Bible tells us how to avoid strife: “He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends” Prov.17:9 Ampl. So, what is the answer to avoiding strife? Well, most importantly, you are to yield to love. If you want peace in your life, give peace to others.
Walk in love. Be quick to forgive and overlook an offense. Don’t repeat matters that cause strife. We can also avoid strife through forgiveness: “Good sense makes a man restrain his anger and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.” Prov.19:11 Ampl.
You know, the devil will always try to make us think the way the world thinks. The world says, “If someone mistreats or insults you, the only ‘macho’ response is to give one right between the eyes!” That’s because the devil operates and thrives on strife, since strife gives him an open door. ‘The Bible says that where there is strife, there is also confusion and every evil work. James 3:16
Satan likes that kind of atmosphere. It breeds evil. He devil tries to cause us to think like the world thinks. He wants us to believe that we have to defend ourselves when we are insulted. He wants us to think, I’m going to get the last word. I’ll give that guy a piece of my mind. But no one needs a piece of mind. You should keep all you have!
The Bible says it is to your glory to overlook an offense. It also says you have good sense when you restrain your anger. Actually, insults won’t hurt you if you don’t partake of them; if you don’t allow them into your spirit. You can forgive the person and go on as peacefully, knowing that you just exhibited wisdom. Not only did you respond in wisdom, but you are still free from the trap of the devil.
The moment you slip up and get into strife make it right. Go to the other person and say, “Please forgive me. I love you. I don’t want to be in strife with you. You may have to repent quite a bit at first if you’ve developed habits that must be changed. Don’t get discouraged with yourself and give up. Just keep acting on the Word. Stop strife and yield to love! The love of God has been shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost. Rom.5:5 You are born of God to walk in His love.
Here is a prayer that you can pray:
Dear Father, I refuse to allow strife into my life and open the door to every evil work. In any way that I have opened the door to fear by holding unto strife, I let it go and take on the fullness of THE BLESSING provided by Love! I take authority over strife now. I repent according to 1John 1:9.
I confess the sin of strife. And I thank You that You are faithful and just to forgive me of this sin and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.
I believe I receive Your forgiveness and Your cleansing because You are faithful to do what You say. Right now; the moment I confessed, I am forgiven! I praise You Lord, and shout the victory!
Thank God, I am free from strife.
I encourage making the choice to get out of strife and to stay out of strife. The Power of Choice is up to you; life is so much better without strife. Did you ever read something about strife? I recommend to read “Life Without Strife” by Joyce Meyer