Strife!

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10

How embarrassed would you be if a pastor stood up in the pulpit and called out the names of two people, yours and someone else’s: “Name and Name” (insert your name and the name of a mate), “iron out your differences and make up!” That is what Paul did to Euodia and Syntyche, two women (who could just as easily have been blokes or one of each) who were at loggerheads over an issue they could not agree on. These weren’t immature women. They were shoulder to the wheel girls, having worked alongside Paul for the gospel. Paul urged them publicly to get it sorted and he asked others in the church to help them (Philippians 4:2-3). Would our name be called out publicly if Paul were preaching to us? God’s will is that our relationships benefit each other. Have you seen this in nature? Have you noticed the ‘cattle birds’ that follow the cattle around? These land egrets feed on ticks and flies on the cattle and eat the insects stirred up where the cattle graze. The cattle aren’t at all bothered by the birds’ presence, and benefit with their very own tick and fly vacuum cleaners. Nature working together in a mutually beneficial (symbiotic) relationship.

Scripture says it’s pride that causes disunity. If you and I have some differences that need ironing out, could pride be our problem?

Holy Spirit, I welcome Your conviction in my life. Show me if I am the cause of disunity in Your body.
If I am, I humble myself in repentance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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