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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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We need to ask ourselves this question, “Where does bickering and strife originate?”  This behavior starts within us and is directly associated with our desires. Because we want certain things and can never seem to achieve them no matter how hard we work, we feel bitter or defeated.  So we argue and even express anger sometimes.   

On the other hand, there are things we desire that the Lord would grant us but we don’t bother to ask Him, so we don’t have them. Sometimes we may remember to ask our Heavenly Father for our desires, but He doesn’t grant our requests because we have asked for the wrong reasons. We have asked selfishly.

What do we think the Scriptures mean when they say that God is jealous of His childrenIt means that God is heartsick for a relationship with them.  He longs to have a meaningful connection with us so He can help us grow to our full potential. So He graciously and freely offers His amazing grace to help us change and mature.  The Scriptures say that God bestows His grace on those who show themselves teachable.  He does not offer the same grace to the proud and arrogant.  It’s not that He would not be willing to give them His grace; it is that they would not recognize it and submit to the life-changing power of God.            

The key to all this is our will.  We must surrender our will to God and have a mind of resistance toward the devil and his temptations. When we do this consistently in Christ’s name the devil will eventually flee from us. We must reject everything that is evil around us and let God purify our very thinking processes.  Above all, we need to stop trying to keep one foot in the world and the other foot in the church.  We can’t love evil and God at the same time.

We must not take part in gossip against our friends and family.  Anyone who speaks falsehoods about his brothers or sisters behind their backs to destroy their reputation is playing the role of judge. When we do this, we are setting ourselves not only above God’s law, but above God Himself.

Robin Pratt

Child and Family Studies

Carolina Conference

United States