When Evil Deeds Prevail
James 3:16 – For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind
I observed a certain group of believers, and noticed something really odd. The kind of conduct they displayed was appalling, I mean they engaged in so many frivolous acts, and the manner in which they treated each other was so unhealthy, there was little or no regard for the leadership, neither was there regard for each other. I knew this was not supposed to be amongst believers, because in scriptures, we are encouraged to live peaceful lives in love and harmony.
1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people
2 Corinthians 13:11 – Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you
This is God’s stance on how believers should be toward each other, and the kind of love we should show, but why was the case of this group of believers different? well our key scripture makes it clear. It’s a heart issue, the scripture speaks about jealousy and selfish ambition. As subtle as these may sound, they are enough to taint any body. When the church stops focusing of the selfless work of ministry and on personal agenda that doesn’t really save anyone, then it’ll give rise to other evil acts. People would begin to lie to have their way, or cheat, or even steal stuff. The same goes for jealousy…in the body of Christ, you need to understand that it’s not a competition, we all have the same ministry, which is to preach and teach the gospel, some people may be doing it on a larger scale than others, or on a more popular platform, but it doesn’t in anyway belittle the work you do.
Don’t let this into your church, your ministry, your heart, they give rise to other evil that will prevent God’s work from being done, see yourself as part of God’s plan.
Thank you Lord for the heart you have given me, for your peace in my heart, and for your work in me. Lord teach me to always focus on you as I keep doing your will, amen.
Author – Gem