What causes arguments and quarrels? Very simply, they are clashes of wills. Learn to put your own desires away and do the Lord’s will.

BibleGateway: James 4:1-10

ESV Text: James 4:1-10

James 4:1–10 (Listen)

Warning Against Worldliness

4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions1 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. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. You adulterous people!3 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. 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”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 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. 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.

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Greek pleasures; also verse 3

[2] 4:1 Greek in your members

[3] 4:4 Or You adulteresses!

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 4

     1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 417:
How Can I Thank Thee, Lord

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. How can I thank Thee, Lord, 
For all Thy loving-kindness, 
That Thou hast patiently 
Borne with me in my blindness? 
When dead in many sins 
And trespasses I lay, 
I kindled, holy God, 
Thine anger every day. 

2. It is Thy work alone 
That I am now converted; 
O’er Satan’s work in me 
Thou hast Thy power asserted. 
Thy mercy and Thy grace 
That rise afresh each morn 
Have turned my stony heart 
Into a heart new-born. 

3. I could but grieve Thee, Lord, 
And with my sins displease Thee; 
Yet to atone for sin 
My works could not appease Thee. 
Though I could fall from grace 
And choose the way of sin, 
I had no strength to rise, 
A new life to begin. 

4. But Thou hast raised me up 
To joy and exultation 
And clearly shown the way 
That leads me to salvation. 
My sins are washed away, 
For this I thank thee, Lord; 
And with my heart and soul 
All dead works are abhorred. 

5. Grant that Thy Spirit’s help 
To me be always given 
Lest I should fall again 
And lose the way to heaven; 
That He may give me strength 
In mine infirmity 
And e’er renew my heart 
To serve Thee willingly. 

6. Oh, guide and lead me, Lord, 
While here below I wander 
That I may follow Thee 
Till I shall see Thee yonder. 
For if I led myself, 
I soon would go astray; 
But if Thou leadest me, 
I keep the narrow way. 

7. O Father, God of Love, 
Hear Thou my supplication; 
O Savior, Son of God, 
Grant me Thy full salvation; 
And Thou, O Holy Ghost, 
Be Thou my faithful Guide 
That I may serve Thee here 
And there with Thee abide. 


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