Stop Fighting with People

Do you fight with the people you love? Do you wrestle with the people you are called to serve? God does not join together fellow church members, wives and husbands, children, employees and employers to argue and struggle, to feud and debate. He joins you together to love and serve one another. He does not join you together to be enemies, but comrades and friends. Consider what Paul says immediately following his instructions about relationships (Eph. 5:21-6:9):

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph. 6:12).

The enemy you encounter daily is a spiritual foe – Satan and his fallen angels. He seeks to exploit weaknesses in the lives of those you love and serve. He distracts your thinking and provokes you to fight against them. He panders to your selfishness and extrapolates your pride. In fact, he fostered this division between Adam and Eve in the beginning, in the very first marriage, and he has been doing this in human relationships ever since.

So the next time you find yourself arguing with a loved one or fighting with a friend, back away. Recognize your real enemy – the one you cannot see. Identify the wrong thinking in your mind that he has exploited. Take responsibility for your error and admit where you are wrong. Then follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit by serving your loved one and friend. Stop fighting with people.


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