Are you a fighter? That may sound like a silly question, but according to God’s Word it’s not. Many of us have a brawling disposition and perhaps do not know it.
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Titus 3:1-2)
The term “brawler” refers to people who are always involved in strife and contention. They’re fighters by nature, and there are a variety of ways they act out their contentious character.
There are those who brawl physically with their fists and there are those who brawl verbally with their words. There’s also another type of brawler; it’s the one who brawls secretly in their spirit. They would never be involved in a physical fight, and you seldom hear them say an unkind word, but nevertheless they have an arsenal of weapons such as mumbling, grumbling and complaining.
Why is brawling so wrong? Consider these three principles:
It Has a Negative Affect Upon Us Personally
According to the Apostle Paul, bitterness is fertile ground for the devil. (Ephesians 4:26-27) We find also in James 3:6 that a brawling tongue “corrupts our inward nature and sets it ablaze with the fire of hell.” Perhaps the person who suffers the most when we have a brawling spirit is ourselves. Jesus said that those who harbor an unforgiving spirit will eventually be turned over to the tormentors. (Matthew 18:34)
It Tarnishes Our Testimony
The world may not know much about Christ, but they have a strong opinion of what it means to be a follower of Christ. Few things hinder the work of Christ more than cantankerous Christians.
It Hinders the Work of Christ
The Bible says – “Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” (Amos 3:3) It should go without saying, however – When two believers are in conflict with each other, they cannot be working together. Amos says that two can’t walk together unless they agree to do so. Therefore, those who are always in conflict with others are also always hindering the progress of the church.
“But it’s a part of my nature”, some may be thinking. That’s right. It’s a part of our old nature that should have been crucified with Christ and not a part of our new nature received with His resurrection.
Galatians 5:24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Romans 6:4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.