Yesterday, James said that the cause of conflict in our lives is the passions that are at war within us. As Paul discussed in Romans 7, Christians have an on-going struggle between our old human nature and our new nature in Christ. The more we are filled with His Holy Spirit, the more we will be like Jesus. When conflict arises between people, it means that someone is not acting like Jesus…
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. (James 4:2)
Many of our quarrels in life are over stuff. Stuff that we can’t take with us when we leave this world. Stuff that will burn up on Judgment Day.
Many people will read this verse and pat themselves on the back, thinking, “I’ve never murdered anyone, so this verse doesn’t apply to me.” However, Jesus taught us in the Sermon on the Mount that if we hate someone, we are guilty before God of murdering them in our heart.
Coveting may be the last of the ten commandments, but that does not make it the least. In fact, coveting is often what leads us to break the other nine commandments. It is a much more serious sin than people realize.
James says, “You do not have, because you do not ask.” James is not saying that we will get everything we want; he is saying that we should tell God what we’d like, and then trust Him to give us what He knows is best. If we truly trust God to give us what is best, we will not get angry about the things we don’t have, because we’ll know those things are not best for us.
Today’s Good News is that we can trust Jesus to give us what is best.
Now, go share the Good News…
FAITH in ACTION!
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