James 4.1-10 ESV
4 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
In this Epistle James is write to us about avoiding the pull of the world upon us. He starts off by telling us the real problem exist within ourselves within our hearts. It is in the heart of man that all these evil desires grow from. Tuff to hear I know, but were all reading the same text.
James uses the word “passions” Vrs 1,3 (Grk. hēdonē) which is sensual delight; by implication, desire:—lust, pleasure. Jesus used the same word for the cares of life that draw us away from maturity (Luke 8.14) and Paul uses it to describe our former life (Titus 3.3).
As James continues in his writing he also thankfully gives us the solution to our wicked heart. In verses 7 & 8 he writes “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” His solution is powerful. He gives our response to our wicked heart repent and then he gives the promise of God’s Word to draw near and He will do the same.
In Jeremiah book of Lamentations we read; “I called on your name, O LORD, from the depths of the pit; 56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’ 57 You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ ” Lam 3.55-57 ESV
How comforting to know that God desires for us to come to His throne and walk away changed by His glory.
Now before you say that you don’t qualify for such a thing look again at the scripture in verse 6 James writes “But He gives more grace” truly good news for us when we fall short of His call. Never forget that God’s plan has always been for us to turn from our wicked ways (repent) and find grace in His Son Jesus for all the trials of this life. friends stop fight and start loving God's plan of redemption. Amen