“Only by Pride Comes Contention.”
If you have a contentious attitude, it is only because you are proud. The attitude of a servant never falls victim to the spirit of strife. And for anyone among us who justifies himself as being free of such a spirt, and says in his heart, “I don’t do or say anything contentiously to others,” Jesus powerfully spoke this morning to me the same astonishing answer to man’s self-righteousness that he spoke when he walked on earth. In sum, it is this: “If you feel it, it is there!” My friend, if contention is in your heart, you are guilty of it!
Don’t excuse yourself on the basis of what you actually do not do or do not say. Life before God is a matter of the heart! Even before he came to earth, the Son declared through Solomon: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”