God can use Strife
“…The things which happened unto me, have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel.” — Philippians 1:12
In strife, it is always good to practice an old song, “You got to know when to walk away and know when to run.” Sometimes it is best to walk away or run from problems. It is always best for you to avoid all strife, at all costs. It seems that all ministries at times will have some strife. It is sad that some people create and seem to enjoy strife. As one woman said, “I have found my gift. It is criticism.” The pastor stated that she was very successful in using her gift all the time. God has always frowned upon murmuring, division, and strife.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory” – Philippians 2:3
Nothing in all languages means nothing, zero, zilch, nada, no-thing, or not one thing. You should avoid strife at all times. When you face strife you must react as the Lord. “He opened not His mouth.” Look at the strife as the problem of the other person but not yours. If you do “nothing” the Lord can do “something” with strife. The Lord can act as you react properly. The Lord exalts the humble, He blesses the meek, He is pleased with the peacemaker. He gives greatest to a servant. The Lord can reverse strife into service but you cannot. He can work all things “together” for good, even strife.
Learn a lesson – Let the Lord fight your battles for you. When you make certain choices there will always be consequences with the decisions. When strife does come it is important that you remain calm, cool, and corrective. While other people lose their control you must remain in control. Your response can determine the outcome of the problem. If you react and respond properly during strife, God can make the strife become productive for the furtherance of His ministry. At the time, strife and struggles bring great heartaches, but God can use them for the furtherance of the gospel. Some of the great turning points of Christians and ministries and people have been made during times of strife. When God is involved strife can be used for the furtherance of the gospel.
Learn to let God take care of your strife!