Joyce Meyer: You Can Say No to Strife In Your Life

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We’ve all experienced the effects of strife in one way or another. Strife can manifest itself through arguing, screaming and yelling. Other times, it can be more subtle, like when someone gives you “the silent treatment” and refuses to talk at all.

The dictionary defines strife as “bickering, arguing, a heated disagreement, or an angry undercurrent.”

I think maybe the most dangerous form of strife is an angry undercurrent, because it’s not as easy to recognize. It’s something you can feel in the atmosphere. You know something’s not quite right, but no one wants to address it. Maybe nothing is specifically said, but it’s quite clear that everything is not okay.

In the early years of my marriage, I perfected the art of arguing with my husband, Dave, without having to say a word. I spent entire Saturdays stomping around the house and cleaning every room, ignoring him for hours at a time. Thankfully, Dave was a peacemaker and mature enough to not give in to my tantrums!

You see, Satan works endlessly to try and fill our lives with strife — our marriages, businesses, churches, schools, and relationships. Why? Because he knows how powerful it is when God’s children walk in peace and unity.

Psalm 133:1 (NIV) says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” It then goes on, in verses 2-3, to give an illustration of what unity is like.

This psalm tells us that unity brings with it the anointing and God’s blessing. The anointing is the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to help us in every area. We need the anointing to raise our children, perform well at our jobs, have a successful marriage, and simply enjoy our lives.

Conversely, if there is not unity — if your home or business is full of strife — you will not have the anointing and God’s blessing.

First Peter 3:11 (AMPC) says, “…[Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]”

“Pursue” is a strong word. It implies making a true effort and taking action. If we’re really going to pursue peace, we can’t wait around for everyone to come apologize to us. Chasing after peace means resolving issues quickly and even apologizing to others when we don’t feel like it.

Romans 12:16 (AMPC) says, “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty (snobbish, high-minded, exclusive), but readily adjust yourself to [people, things] and give yourselves to humble tasks. Never overestimate yourself or be wise in your own conceits.” 

Living in peace requires us to take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions. We’re going to have to humble ourselves and do some adapting and adjusting.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Joyce Meyer is a New York Times bestselling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries, Inc. She has authored more than 90 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Do Yourself a Favor…Forgive (Hachette). She hosts the Enjoying Everyday Life radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.joycemeyer.org.