Bible: James 4:1-10

Passions and Pride

4:1 Where do the conflicts and where 1  do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, 2  from your passions that battle inside you? 3  4:2 You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; 4:3 you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.

4:4 Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? 4  So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. 4:5 Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, 5 The spirit that God 6  caused 7  to live within us has an envious yearning? 8  4:6 But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.” 9  4:7 So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. 4:8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. 10  4:9 Grieve, mourn, 11  and weep. Turn your laughter 12  into mourning and your joy into despair. 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

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