James 4 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. Looking at how terrible we have messed things up and then just what God does to fix it. What are we ourselves more likely to do? But instead of drinking from that free fountain you get it in your head that you can provide your own water. What is it that you could say, If I only had __________, then I would be happy. What we used to love, we now detest. Remove the moral defilement that attracts our affection. Prayer in all circumstances 5:13-18. What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Then we have to say there is no good reason for us to sin. People who love the world enough to want to exercise that kind of authority themselves seem to like to draw on instructions like this to back up their positions. ( Log Out / Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? God wants things to be different and is working in the lives of believers to reconcile us back to Himself. What a great conclusion to the story. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. We are the bride of Christ not the bride of anyone or anything else. You cannot serve God and money. True repentance is deep and thorough. Look at what we have. To humble yourself before God is to be very aware of God’s supreme majesty, and our complete unworthiness, even when we are at our best God still receives us through Christ. James gives us some practical instruction. Not only are we guilty of idolatry but in God’s mind, as believers, we are also guilty of adultery. Our text comes near the end of the book, after the author has already introduced the themes of wisdom (1:5), humility vs. riches (1:9; 2:1-13), peace and its relationship to righteousness (1:19; 3:13-18), walking the walk (1:22 – “be doers of the word and not hearers only”) and purity (1:26-27).  You desire and do not have, so you murder. Why would God answer a prayer like that? James, in my experience, has been a favorite of youth Bible studies, despite its reputation with Martin Luther of being “a right strawy epistle.” Luther seems to have thought it put too much emphasis on “works,” and Luther wanted to put the emphasis on “faith.” There… God knows if our faith is genuine saving faith, but we don't know, until we live our faith out in action. This verse is much like verse 6,  But he gives more grace. What have you set up as an idol? Formerly we were seeking our will and trying to gratify our passions on our own. What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? James 4:1-10 - NIV: What causes fights and quarrels among you?  But he gives more grace. Parts of this text show up in the lectionary as part of the epistle for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost in Year B (James 3:13-4:3, 7-8). C-  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?  You adulterous people! You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. ( Log Out / They talked with God personally; they lived in a perfect environment. James warns his people and us as well to the danger of misplaced affection. Take an active stance against the god of this world. James 4:1-10 New International Version << James 3 | James 4 | James 5 >> Friendship with the World. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. It also has with it proper fear of the Lord as well. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Father, help me resist. [From all of this, a reader might get the impression that the author is thinking about the kind of internal problems that can arise in an organization when people lose sight of the main, common goal and begin pursuing their self-interest. The closer we live to God the stronger we become at resisting evil. Because you dug the hole and worked to get a drink you would rather have that than the pure water which is God Himself.
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