Free From The Stronghold of Strife
Written by Christian Author Pola Muzyka
The strife we’re talking about is not a video game. It is a game people play to keep a false sense of control over others.
It is a stronghold that can cause all types of physical ailments, wars, separation within the body of Christ, hate crimes, poverty, and many other serious ills.
These ills can begin with simple disagreement, misunderstandings, violent conflicts, or strife. Sickness, lack, and failure is just where the enemy would like us to be.
Forgiveness, an attempt to understand, agreeing to disagree, following the teaching of Jesus to love even an enemy and finding common ground can go a long way to uphold peace and strike down the stronghold of strife. Prayer for peace is a must in order to put an end to this stronghold.
Most of the world’s greatest leaders dedicated their whole lives to eliminating strife. They knew and actively spoke about this stronghold. They spoke about overcoming the barriers that are put in our way because of it.
1. Seek a common ground. Many times people are in strife because they don’t see the other viewpoint.
Titus 3:1-3 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.
2. Be Honest. Will the strife bring glory to God? If not, end your participation in it.
Proverbs 16:28 A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.
3. Speak words of peace and resolution. Don’t hate. Where there is a problem that might cause strife, there is usually several solutions.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
4. Think [before you cause strife] without ulterior motives. Plan your approach to any situation, particularly if it includes relationship with others.
James 3:14-16 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice
5. Avoid troubled areas or subjects if at all possible.
2 Timothy 2:23-25 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments. You know they cause quarrels. 24A servant of the Lord must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong. 25He must be gentle in correcting those who oppose the Good News. Maybe God will allow them to change the way they think and act and lead them to know the truth.