Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
Pride, that love of oneself is responsible for many of the calamities that we see multiplying throughout the land. Because of haughtiness nations have gone to war. Because of arrogance exemplary homes and solid friendships have been destroyed . Because of pride unity is lost along with all the territory which until then had been conquered. Because of arrogance the evils we are suffering today originated over ten generations ago. The proud man has turned away from God and not only he has turned away from him but he even curses his Creator. Because of vanity people are following today after satanic fashions and philosophies that glorify evil and all that is abominable. Because of pride thousands of souls descend to hell every day. The truth is that we know of nothing good that has ever come out of pride. So far, and we do not see why things will change , pride accompanied by deceit has become the favorite weapon of the enemy to attack and make souls to be lost.
Some people are proud to be wise, but this wisdom is earthly, finite and imperfect. Their knowledge is riddled with errors that their pride will not let them discern. With their mistakes they lead others to believe the same lies they have believed and have led them to spiritual failure. All of us have at some point been dominated by fatal arrogance. We all know the kind of mistakes that pride can lead us to without delay. When, then, we will analyze the direction taken by our march? Where do we sit down and rethink our tortuous path and correct the direction of our steps? Only in the word of God we can find guidance and strength to get rid of this terrible and painful burden called pride. Let us , therefore, constantly go to the source of wisdom that is the word of God and our heavenly Father will grant us the spirit of knowledge. Only to God be the glory!
“If you play the fool and exalt yourself,
or if you plan evil,
clap your hand over your mouth!
For as churning cream produces butter,
and as twisting the nose produces blood,
so stirring up anger produces strife.”
There are people who get into trouble very easily without realizing what they are doing. All starts as a game, as a joke, a prank, but then they do not know where to stop and end up creating an argument from which they cannot get away easily. These are foolish and ignorant people who never stop to measure the consequences of their actions and to make matters worse, they are always blaming others for what happens to them. Everything begins as an “innocent” game that ends in disturbed relationships and even hatred that never heals. His actions are devoid of the slightest trace of love because they can care less of what others may feel.
Want to live in peace and free of misunderstandings? Restrain your tongue. Do you want to restore calm and keep your relationships free of disputes and discussions? Think about what you are going to say before opening your mouth. People are complex beings and very unpredictable, so you will never know with certainty how the other person will react to your jokes. Do not try to have the last word because it will lead to conflict and dissatisfaction. May there always be on your lips a word of encouragement and edification and may your life be peaceful and just at all times. That’s what I wish for you. To God alone be the glory!
It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Conflict has always existed and will always be present around the human race. To try to resolve our differences through violence and confrontation is simply a basic characteristic of our humanity. We do not have to go too far from the beginning of human history to find the story of the Cain, the murderer. In this narrative we can clearly see evidence of the sinful nature that he inherited from his parents as a result of the fall. Abel, his brother, inherited the same sinful nature as Cain, but at least Abel would be more in control of it. Conflict rarely brings resolution and peace. The most likely outcome from conflict is escalation, which makes it increasingly difficult to put an end to it. Conflict brings a curse. When God confronted Cain for what he had done, Cain tried without success to hide behind a lie. Later, God curses Cain and condemns him to a life of wandering and to be a fugitive with no opportunity to cultivate the land or enjoy its fruits. From these events will come later in part, during the Middle Ages, the fantastic and quite popular story of “The Wandering Jew.”
Between human beings there will always be conflict because it is inherent in the flesh. The apostle Paul includes in the list of the works of the flesh, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; all of these ingredients are more than sufficient to trigger conflict. Therefore, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” By making good use of tolerance and forgiveness we will be showing to others the love of God. To God alone be the glory!