Free from Strife
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
The word proud means one having, proceeding from, or showing a high opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, or superiority. When people possess a proud heart, they are often self-absorbed and unaware that strife has taken root within them. In Proverbs 6:16-17, it states that a proud look is one of the things that the Lord hate, so if he hates the very look of it, can we imagine how he feels concerning the act of it; the act of it often being strife.
If we look closer at the word strife and the meaning thereof, we realize it is not a welcomed word. One who operates in strife is one who partakes in bitterness and sometimes violence or rivalry. We know that the spirit of competition is not of God, so being learned in the word of God, we should know better than to allow this spirit to use us.
The second part of the verse states that “he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.” The persons who put their trust in the Lord shall be prosperous. Putting our trust in the Lord ensures us that we will overcome any adversities that come our way, including strife. We will know how to effectively handle strife in a manner that is pleasing to God, for we have put our trust in Him.
My prayer today is Father teach us how to live our lives free from any conflict. Let us learn to be at peace with one another by always practicing good comradeship with our fellow servants; and that we always remember that you are a God of peace and not confusion, in Jesus name I pray, amen.