Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 2 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 13
Food for Thought: Prov. 13:10
You can bet that where there is strife (vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism), pride, which can only come from our unredeemable flesh, is involved. And we know from John 6:33 that “flesh profits nothing.” Nothing good can come of pridefully taking matters in your own hands and attempting to win by using fleshly efforts.
No matter how it is disguised, pride is an ugly, evil thing and beneath the true believer. James 3:16 addresses the tell-tale signs of it. Notice both the Old King James version and the New: “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work (OKJ).” and “For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there (NKJ).” The apostle Paul rebuked the believers of Corinth for it in I Corinthians 3:3 saying, “for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?”
In Romans 13:13-14 he says, “Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Proverbs 28:25 adds, “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.” When you trust God for the results, then faith goes into action and produces God’s will, which is our ultimate goal, anyway.
So, if you are really concerned about a particular cause and consider it to be a righteous one, then STOP participating in the strife. Just stop. And if the cause is a selfish one anyway, then it certainly is not one to be pursued. Instead, walk in love by the Spirit (See II Cor. 6:6, 7). It’s the only real way to win and maintain a good testimony where Jesus Christ is glorified.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):