· Quarrels and fights are a normal part of life, they happen.
· Quarrels and fights happen because of the desires that battle within us.
· We want things, but do not get them.
· We kill and covet but we cannot attain what we desire.
· Because of this, we quarrel and fight.
· We do not have, because we do not ask God.
· When we ask and do not receive, it is because of our motives.
· We ask so that we can spend/focus on our pleasures.
· James points out our adulterous attitude: to align ourselves with the world, as a friend of the world, is to become an enemy of God, to hate Him.
· There is a reason that the scriptures speak of the intense envy of the Spirit inside of us.
· But even though we are fallible and human, He gives us more grace.
· This is why scripture says that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
I look at my own life, in my house, and reflect on the quarrels/arguments/misunderstandings that happen between my wife and I. Most of the time I see my own hard heart standing in the way of reconciliation. Because of my selfish desires, and the natural instinct to not want to serve others, frustrations arise when I don’t get my own way. The way to combat this is humility, considering others in higher standing than myself. My wife’s desires/wellbeing ranks higher than my own. If I operate out of my pride, God has promised to stand against me. Fighting against God and my wife doesn’t sound like a fair fight, so I’ll try this week to focus on fighting the ENVY monster with humility.
Jesus, thank you for being the example of humility. If I had to look at other human examples, I may be easily discouraged as they all ultimately fail. But you show me a better way, a way of love. You show me that there is a point to all of this, a deeper reason to walk in humility. I pray this week your Spirit would reside in me and prod me to view my world through a more humble lens. Amen.
Posted on Mon, February 1, 2016
by joel king