Strife

James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Where there is strife, there is every evil work. Is strife in your church? In your home?

  1. Strife leads to

    Separation of friends

    Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

  2. Who causes strife?

    1. The Proud

      Proverbs 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

    2. The Angry

      Proverbs 29:22 An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.

    3. The Wrathful

      Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

    4. The Froward

      Proverbs 16:28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.

    5. The Contentious

      Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

    6. The Fleshly

      Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

    7. The Carnal

      1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

  3. How do we get rid of strife?

    1. We should separate from those causing the strife (first mention in Bible)

      Genesis 13:7-9 And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land. 8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

    2. We should be to slow to anger

      Proverbs 15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

      In other words, someone who is slow to get angry can appease strife. Are you slow to get angry? If not, you are not able to appease strife.

    3. We should cast out the scorner

      Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

    4. We should get rid of the talebearer

      Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

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