Strife is inevitable. All of us struggle with it often. However, it is something that can be settled quietly, if we are willing and deal it wisely.

One of the best biblical examples to deal with strife is found in Genesis 13:5-12. It is a story of Abraham and Lot where their herdsmen started striving over herding.

Abraham dealt the strife wisely by proposing a way out. His approach to this troubling matter is simple and straightforward.

He gave a choice to his nephew Lot to choose his desired land and live there by himself.

This shows that he was seeking his nephew’s good first, a very biblical principle to harmonious living.

“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philp. 2:3, NKJV).

Being an uncle, Abraham has a right to coerce Lot. But he did not use this right. As a result the matter is settled without pernicious effects.

The peaceful settlement of the strife caused a harmonious brotherly relation between them.

Lot chose the fertile plain land of Jordan and Abraham lived in the land of Canaan.

What does this story teach us today?

We can learn so much from the story, but one thing that you and I should keep in mind as a result of knowing the story of Abraham and Lot is to live a harmonious brotherhood.

And in order to live in harmony, we should seek first the good of others while dealing with strives.

Our natural tendency in dealing misunderstandings is to justify our wrongs and pinpoint at others’.

But this is not a good solution to resolve a strife. Let us learn to seek others’ good and live harmoniously.

“It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel.” (Prov. 20:3, NKJV)

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About Ati Bosa Yobin

A. B. Yobin is from Shidi village of Arunachal Pradesh. Currently, he is pursuing a Th. M program in Evangelical Theological Seminary, South India.

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