James 3:14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Envy and strife exist when we lie against the truth. We reject God’s truth. We turn from Him and live in this world following after the devil himself. We live according to our senses instead of our spirit. This envy and strife confuse the brothers of the church. This envy and strife cause sin to happen.
I need to learn to quit pushing myself forward and to push others forward. I need to stop thinking of how I want to be recognized and to recognize others. I need to believe and act on the truth that God loves me without me pushing and shoving in an attempt to get to the front. I am recognized by Him without all of this selfishness.
Let’s check our hearts and see what is happening in them. Let’s be sure that we are loving God and not ourselves. Let’s be sure that we recognize these ugly sins of self-promotion and jealousy.
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