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James makes it plain in these verses that wars come from our sinful desires. These “wars and fightings” (v. 1) do not refer to international wars but to feuds and conflicts within the Christian community. What we do know is that feuds and conflicts among professing Christians are not just something of the past. In fact someone has rightfully said that Christians today are the only army that shoots off each others feet. Some Christians even make it a lifetime occupation of exposing and denouncing other Christians. The devil certainly must rejoice in the lifestyle of this type of Christian.
The writer develops more specifically the connection between lust and pleasures (v. 2). He emphasizes what can and does happen when men choose pleasure rather than God as a way of life. James has traced the origin of feuds and quarrels in the church to lust for pleasure and the desire for self gratification. The person that chooses to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God (vv. 3-4). It is one thing for a Christian to unintentionally find himself in an atmosphere of worldliness and quite another thing to deliberately adopt worldliness as a way of life.
God makes great demands upon His people (v. 5). He also makes great provision for them (v. 6). The difficulties of living wholly for God in a wicked world are many but God’s grace is more than adequate for all our needs (v. 6).
Have I been guilty of criticizing and condemning other Christians because they do not live and do things exactly like I do? If so, what am I doing to change this pattern of life style?
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James 1:1-4How to Profit from Trials
James 1:5-8How to Deal with Trials
James 1:9-11The Perspective of Rich and Poor
James 1:12-18Loving God In Spite of Trials
James 1:19-25Qualities Needed in Trials
James 1:26-27Doers - Not Hearers Only
James 2:1-9Beware of Personal Favorites
James 2:10-18Faith is Proved by Love
James 2:19-26Faith is Proved by Works
James 3:1-8The Tongue that Needs Tamed
James 3:9-12The Lips Need to Bear Spiritual Fruit
James 3:13-18Heavenly Verses Demonic Wisdom
James 4:1-5Pride Promotes Strife
James 4:6-10Humility Cures Worldliness
James 4:11-17Don’t Boast about Tomorrow
James 5:1-6Rich Oppressors Will Be Judged
James 5:7-12Be Patient and Persevering
James 5:13-20The Prayer of Faith