“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such 'wisdom’ does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition there you find disorder and every evil practice.” James 3:13-16
Dear Jesus, I see your brother explaining to us the underlying reasons we have arguments and divisions among us. We are tempted by our vain desire to be right in the eyes of all. We have ambition for being in charge, top dog or simply to have an impact. We want to be right whether we really are or not. It’s humbling to think we are dancing with demons while we are getting angry and firing off at someone we are supposed to love. Oh Jesus, come give me a ride home from the dance. Expose my envy and give me the strength to sweep it out of my heart. Amen.
Love wins the person before winning the argument.