This devotional is a good reminder that strife is bad for our churches, our personal relationships, our families, and us.
There is an old legend that tells of Hercules encountering a strange animal on a narrow road!
“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.” Romans 1:29
There is an old legend that tells of Hercules encountering a strange animal on a narrow road. He struck it with his club and passed along. Soon the animal overtook him–now three times as large as before. Hercules struck it fast and furiously, but the more he clubbed the beast, the larger it grew!
Then Pallas appeared to Hercules and warned him to stop. “The monster’s name is Strife,” he said. “Let it alone and it will soon become as little as at first.”
“For where you have envy and strife–there you find disorder and every evil practice!” James 3:16
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved–clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14
Satan creates the climate for strife. We may allow strife to rule our lives or reject it. Love is the antidote for strife.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001