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By On April 14th, 2019

Fights

Some people seem to be itching for a fight.  Not infrequently, fights occur between groups who’ve been taught to hate whatever the other group is. If you asked them, they might have no idea what started the conflict in the first place. 

What things are worth fighting for, and what things aren’t worth the fight? Honor and Truth are worth fighting for. Without these two there is no respect for other, and truth is the basis of knowing and doing what is right. 

It’s a bit trickier to determine what’s not worth the fight.  If we’re just trying to assuage our anger, or get even with someone, the fight is not what the Lord would bless. The same thing is true for venting our anger onto others. 

It’s always right to stand up—even assertively—for what is right. Righteous anger can move us to defend someone who is being wronged. Fighting our own inner anger or prejudices is a righteous thing that can keep the peace. 

When we feel irritation or rage coming on, we’re encouraged to seek God’s strength to do what’s right. Fighting impulses based on pride or anger is always right. Then we might find that there’s no one or nothing else we need to fight at all.  

You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.   James 4:2

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