For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16).
In order to grow strong in the Lord, we need to stick together. It’s true. We are better and stronger when we’re part of a team—a body of believers. Who would dream of fighting a war alone? Or playing against an entire basketball team by ourselves?
I heard a statistic recently that sobered me. Guess why most missionaries leave the field? Not because of living conditions or less creature comforts; not fear of threats like ebola or isis; not rejection or even attacks from the locals; not family issues. The reason most missionaries leave the mission field is because of conflict with other missionaries.
Internal strife is destructive—perhaps the most painful type of conflict. Those who know us best have the power to wound us most deeply. Just ask anyone who has experienced divorce. Continue reading