A wise man once said, “The tragedy of war is that it uses man’s best to do man’s worst.” While that is defiantly true in today’s world, it is also true in the context of the local church. How tragic it is that men and women of Christ wage war with one another, many times over the foolishness of preference. Yet this is not how it should be. James puts it to us this way: “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” – Jam. 4:1 NKJV. The question is “why do we fight?” The answer is “because we give into the desires for pleasure.” I want what pleases me therefore I will go to “war” with anyone who tries to deny me that pleasure…especially at church. What a sad commentary that is on the people who make up the church. This should not be our attitude. If we are true members of the body of Christ, we are born again, changed individuals. We are new people and we now find our identify in Jesus. Thus our preferences should fade to nothing in comparison to Christ’s desires. What does He desire from His people? Love. We are to love one another in the church and outside of the church. But if we truly are living in love we will not have opportunity to wage war. Wars come from anger and division, but harmony and faithfulness are birthed out of love. So dear friends lay down the sword of personal preference and take up the binding banner of love.