Envy, Strife, Divisions, and Carnality

1 Corinthians 3:3 “Whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?”
Let us first make sure we have a clear understanding of the following words.
(1) Envy–A feeling of discontent and ill will because of another’s advantages, possession, etc.; Desire for something belonging to another.
(2) Strife–Quarrel, fight, contention; Disputes especially ones marked by anger and resentment; A breaking up of friendly relations.
(3) Divisions–Divided because of a difference of opinion; disagreement.
(4) Carnal–In or of the flesh; worldly, not spiritual.
Characteristic of some individuals.  In our churches you will often find certain people who are often in the middle of conflict within the church. Envy, strife, and divisions are a common part of their life. These people have little joy and peace. These people walk in the flesh and are not spiritual. They are babes in Christ, spiritually immature, and are not able to receive and digest the meat of God’s word. They cannot receive the deep things of God and absorb them in their life. They live their life as if they were not Christians at all.
Characteristic of some churches.  There are some churches that have so many of these types of individuals, the church itself is characteristic of this spiritual immaturity and are constantly in strife and divisions. Often in churches where new people come in and begin to get fired up spiritually and begin to become a part of the inner circle of leadership, you will find people who have been in positions of leadership but have been carnal, stirring up strife and divisions because of envy. There are many other examples of this in our churches, but I don’t have the space to deal with them here.
The cure.  This is what you might call a spiritual disease and requires a cure or remedy. The only cure is repentance. There must be a Godly sorrow. “For Godly sorrow produces repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:10). Godly sorrow is a sorrow that is produced by God through the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and is spiritual in origin and in its nature. This kind of sorrow produces repentance. This sorrow produces such regret that it results in a change of the mind, the will, and the emotions and brings them under the control of the Spirit. The worldly sorrow while it might cause some regret does not produce a change in the person’s life and if it does, it will only be for a short period of time.