The new Peacemakers blog has quoted a helpful reminder of who the “REAL enemy in conflict is”. Although I would add that our flesh has much to do with these lies along with Satan.
Satan promotes conflict in many ways. Among other things, he tempts us so we give in to greed and dishonesty (Acts 5:3), he deceives us and misleads us (2 Tim. 2:25-26), and he takes advantage of unresolved anger (Eph. 4:26-27). Worst of all, he uses false teachers to propagate values and philosophies that encourage selfishness and stimulate controversy (1 Tim. 4:1-3). Here are some of the expressions that often reflect the devil’s lies and influence:
1. “Look out for Number One.”
2. “God helps those who help themselves.”
3. “Surely God doesn’t expect me to stay in an unhappy situation.”
4. “I’ll forgive you, but I won’t forget.”
5. “Don’t get mad, get even.”
6. “I deserve better than this.”
Satan prefers that we do not recognize his role in our conflicts. As long as we see other people as our only adversaries and focus our attacks on them, we will give no thought to guarding against our most dangerous enemy.