Strife, The Blessing Blocker.

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Have you ever had this “not so happy feeling” when your neighbour, your friend, or whoever you know got something you so desire to have but you don’t have? When everybody around is celebrating one blessing or another but in your life there is nothing worth celebrating, then this feeling of anger and resentment engulfs you?
My friend, you need not pretend, at one time in our lives we all have had such feelings. It is what you do with these feelings afterwards that really matter. These feelings come to us naturally and innocently but nipping it in the bud on time will avert lots of problems in the long run. The feelings of anger, envy and resentment are not good for healthy living. The best way to conquer them is to do the opposite when they come to us, doing the opposite entails making up your mind to be genuinely happy for the successes of others while thanking and believing God for yours. Never allow such feelings creep into your heart to stay.
When these feelings aren’t handled well it leads to Strife. Strife means rivalry or contention, especially of a bitter kind. God emphatically tells us in the scriptures to always avoid strife and also to never be carriers of strife,  He in fact abhors it (Proverbs 6:19 NASB). If God Almighty hates strife then we should desist from it cos strife blocks His Blessings in our lives. Strife is a terrible thing to indulge in, always seek to please God. If someone hurts you by his/her actions, go and politely let the person know. Do not go about slandering or causing dissension among people.
We all need to live peaceful lives and it starts from our hearts. ‘Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another…If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at Peace with everyone’ (Romans 12:14-18 NIV). LIVE AND STAY BEAUTIFUL!

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