Dear ministers of God, I bless God for your efforts in the kingdom but I still have one word to you as Paul to Timothy. Nagging in the pulpit instead of preaching inspired word of God is as a result of hidden quarrel. Often those that criticize others reveal what they lacks, enmity, malice and antagonistic is a hindrance for the move of God or a follow of anointing, and Where there is no inspiration to aspire people get expired.
James 4:1-6, Conflicts have always plagued the church. Members fighting members! Leaders fighting leaders! Churches fighting churches! James recognizes the devastating effect of church fights. More importantly, he helps us understand what is happening inside a Christian who chooses to battle other Christians. When we fight in the church, we are dominated by selfish desires that introduce uninspired teaching or message. Visioners will only view attack and prophecies will be doom and destruction or that someone is after you, etc. James traces all prolonged fighting and flare-ups to an individual pursuit of self-gratification. My opponent is not my greatest enemy. The real enemy is within.
Bad character is like a flat tire, you cannot move unless you change it, Hidden quarrel among believers get its power from, Party Spirit, Persons with this attitude measure opponents only in terms of their ideas. As a consequence, they will quickly sacrifice relationships in pursuit of their objective, In contrast, the New Testament prioritizes relationships in the church, Wrong Approach, Political Methods, Parliamentary procedures and political machinations are poor substitutes for prayerful conversations when working out a problem, Wrong Aim, Personal Promotion. Rather than lifting up the Lord, fighting is often a poorly-masked attempt to elevate self, for this reason people are now campaigning for leadership in the church with spiritual zero,
Secondly Driven by dissatisfaction ( James4. 2) According to James, the person who chooses to fight is never satisfied. Others are viewed as obstacles, not brothers, Prayer is completely absent or abused, Discouraged in prayer (James4: 2b-3) Some persons who fight are frustrated because they do not bother to seek God in prayer. Others are frustrated because they do take time to pray and nothing happens. James explains that our needs are met as we pray according to His will. Christians are called to submit their wills to His will. They are never simply to fulfil their own selfish wants, monitor to castigate others, even in what they are unable to do.
Positive anger introduce itself as following, To exhibit God righteousness, you must be angry and brutal at sin wherever you find it, but it becomes negative when you keep holding it because the more you hold unto anger within you, the more you are diminishing in loving people, A person who preventively hide in anger can never create harmony, and Nagging can drive the victim to rage and rebellion, and whenever you stand in the pulpit, you review that you got or the Holy Spirit will review you to the people. You become a father or a parent of many when you have the capacity of directing people to God in the pulpit, though there are category of father, The Bible tells fathers that they are not to provoke their children to wrath (Ephesians 6:4). Your conduct will appear nuisance to those who are serious in God’s business and those who will be comfortable with you is birds of the same feather
It’s unfortunate that many leaders, fathers of the day are living for self, without minding those God has given to them and how they are wondering about like a sheep without shepherd, Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else, you are the one who gets burned, Make sure that your heartfelt thanksgiving is more consistent than your nagging needs and your passionate apology fervent than your unhealthy justifications.
Hidden quarrel Denied intimacy with God, the moment you would have use to meditate God’s word and gather nuggets of inspiration will be used to meditate whom you declare to be your enemy (James4: 4-6) Spiritual adultery is the ultimate result of yielding to selfish desires, When we fail to seek God’s will, the Holy Spirit is jealous of our misplaced energy and affection. Fighting is often the result of substituting a worldly, selfish pursuit in the place of a passion for God. If I allow pride to destroy my relationships, I am setting aside the Lord’s will that I walk in fellowship with my brothers and sisters.
Fighting in churches hinders the advancement of the good news of Jesus Christ. Driven by root causes of pride and the pursuit of personal goals, fighting Christians will damage and dismantle a church’s witness in a community. Do you want to renew the fellowship of the church? Make personal repentance and the mending of broken relationships a priority! It is a must because repent is command Acts17.30