Contentions (quarrels)

 

Contentions or quarrels are works of the flesh (Galatians 5:20). Those who are haughty, being full of pride, love to quarrel, as it is written: “By pride comes nothing but strife” (Proverbs 13:10 – NKJV. The NIV reads “Pride only breeds quarrels”). They reject any advice, they don’t want to be taught, they know everything! When one speaks with them strife rises at once, and the atmosphere becomes bad, very bad. In the life of these people, who are quarrelsome (as well as envious), there is confusion and every evil work, as it is written: “Where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work” (James 3:16). We must admonish them, as James did (James 4:1-10).

We, as servants of the Lord, must not quarrel, but be gentle to all and patient with all (2 Timothy 2:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:14), just as the Lord Jesus Christ did not quarrel (Matthew 12:19) but was gentle to all and patient with all.

 

 

 

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