Verse 3 says, “… For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?”
That part of the verse stuck out to me as I read through the chapter. Although the apostle Paul was writing to the church in Corinth about specific things much different from what I’d be going through, what is written there is still very applicable. I need to attempt to rid jealousy or strife from certain situations I’m in, I know. It brings to mind a certain friendship I have where these things have been a problem, hindering the spiritual connection between the two of us. The jealousy and strife have, at times, made it hard to be able for me to go to him, or for him to come to me, in order to have spiritual or personal conversations when we both would love the opportunity to have someone to talk to.
While strife may be coming from both sides sometimes, it makes it hard to make things right from our side and our attitude before wanting the opposition to make themselves right, too. We get this “He started it!” mindset instead of the mindset we should have – that of Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 7, saying, “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Verse 18 says, “Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.”
This verse makes me think of another friend, one who happens to have a very impressive knowledge of God’s Word. In one conversation with her, I was at first blown away when she told me that she had been seeing more and more how much she doesn’t know of Scripture. But when thinking of this verse it makes complete sense, doesn’t it? When we become fools, when we understand how much more wisdom there is to gain, instead of thinking of ourselves wiser than we ought (and so deceiving ourselves), I think we will truly see how much we don’t know.