Summary: Strife, friction, bitterness can thrive and limit the growth and plan of God. Unity must be our goal.
THE STRONGMAN OF STRIFE
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
Proverbs 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer,
the strife ceaseth.
21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
I. DO WE REALY UNDERSTATE THE STRONGMAN'S DAMAGE TO THE INDIVIDUAL, HOME,
CHURCH AND SOCIETY?
FRICTION: The rubbing against, the force that resists, the clashing of two with opposite views...
CONFRONT: to challenge,
CONFLICT: not together, battle, fight, at war, opposing, incompatible, mental struggle,
DISACCORD: clash, to disagree,
DISHARMONY: discord, lack of harmony... conflict....
DIVISION: to separate, clique, exclusive, to be apart, break up, divorce,
DISCORD: to lack agreement, no harmony, quarrel, in fighting....
STRIFE: bitter conflict, contention,
WAR: open hostile conflict, hostility, struggle
II. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT STRIFE?
A. There was a little boy quietly watching cartoons, when his big brother comes into the
room and demands the REMOTE CONTROL... The little brother says: WHAT RIGHT
DO YOU HAVE TO COME IN HERE AND MAKE ME CHANGE CHANNELS.
The older brother replied with force... SEE MY FINGER? SEE MY THUMB? SEE
MY FIST? YOU BETTER RUN! The older brother joined his fingers in a fist
of unity... So away the lad ran...
B. The little boy felt like A WIMP...
When he got outside, he looked at his five fingers and made a little fist...
AND HE SAY TO THEM: WHY CAN'T THE FIVE OF YOU GET TOGETHER AND
GET ORGANIZED LIKE HIS?
Proverbs 18:6 A fool's lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes.
Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Proverbs 22:10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
Proverbs 26:21 As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.
Proverbs 30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose
bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.
Isaiah 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye
shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof
cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is
godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
III. WHEN YOUR FEARS BECOME A REALITY...
THERE CAN BE GREAT NEGATIVE POTENTIAL WHEN NEGATIVE PEOPLE JOIN TOGETHER