Why is there so much fighting?

“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”  Proverbs 13:10.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Proverbs 13-15, and Romans 11.

Why do I have trouble?  Because of I full of myself.

I want my way and you’re in my way.  We argue and don’t get along as we should.

My life must be filled with the Holy Spirit.  There must be no room available within me for me to be governing.

Alas, there often are areas that I try to run.  The areas I run are the ones where conflict is found.

Will I listen to others?  If I respect them, I will.  The ones who know me best have insights into what I should and should not be doing because of their years with me.  But do I want their counsel?  Do I want to change course?  Sometimes, but not always.

If I want to be wise, I will take advice from others.

The Bible is filled with advice.  In Proverbs, you get advice as well as insights into the consequences of not following the advice.

I often know exactly what God wants from me and I’m ready to do it.  However, when new assignments come along that I haven’t planned for, then there is a good chance that I will revert to my selfishness.

This is a constant thread in this blog: My life must be ENTIRELY surrendered to God.  Anything less leads to selfishness.

“Lord, I love You.  Forgive me for missing out on what You have for me to do because of my selfishness.  I want to please You.  I surrender (again) myself to You.  Take me over.  Direct my path.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”

If I am filled with self, it is very difficult to get along with folks.

 

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