Source of contention

Have you ever known a group of bickering people? Bicking people who complain and argue and fight can be found everywhere. They are in public, in church, even in our homes. If we are honest, most of us could say that we find the phenomenon of complaining and bickering in ourselves.

But what is the source of complaining and bickering and fighting? People complain because they don’t have something. They fight because they don’t have something. But the question is, do they truly need what they lack? Do we truly require what we desire to do God’s will?

James 4:1 tells us where contention and bickering come from. It says, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” Lust is the source of contention and bickering and fighting. Unnatural and sinful desire.

Think about that for a moment. Realize: every time you complain or fight or bicker you are responding improperly to a desire in your life. Think about some bickering children who are fighting over a toy. They have placed their desire for a toy over their desire for righteousness and peace. Think about adults who are agitated about sitting in traffic. They have placed their desire to “arrive” at their destination on time, over their desire for righteousness, meekness, and peace- and ultimately over their relationship with God.

Now, there are times when we must take a stand and have some confrontation. But those instances are not usually regular occurrences. Most of the time, when we are fighting, we are fighting for our own selfish reasons and our own lustful desires. Let us ask the Lord to help us righten our desires, so they are aligned with God’s will. Let us not bicker and fight by reason of our lust. Let us work together to build a legacy of peace and unity in the body of Christ!

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” – Philippians 2:3

“Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” – Ephesians 4:3

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Christ’s legacy

Can you think of a great man in history whose greatness ended with his death? Many people live their lives for a great cause, yet they have no legacy. They leave no lasting change on the world because they fail to reproduce men like themselves. Jesus Christ, who is our example, did no such thing. The church is His legacy. He has commanded us to teach others.

When Christ ascended to heaven he left many people with the command to live right, but not only live right, but to teach others to do so. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Jesus gave a command to teach and to baptize others. His command included everyone. He didn’t exclude any tribe or nation. In the next verse He says, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:" Jesus makes it very clear, He wants His church to reproduce. He wants each one of his believers to go and to teach others.

Are you teaching others? If you are a Christian, Congratulations! You now have responsibilities. You have been entrusted with God’s truth, are you sharing it? If you are a mature Christian, are you teaching younger Christians what God has taught you?

I would like to encourage you, teach others. You are a part of Jesus’ legacy. You have a choice before you. You can carry out Christ’s command and teach others what you have learned. Or you can refuse. Will you carry on Jesus’ legacy of righteousness?

"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also." – 2 Timothy 2:2