Bible: James 4:1-17

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.

4:11 Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. 13  He who speaks against a fellow believer 14  or judges a fellow believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. 15  4:12 But there is only one who is lawgiver and judge – the one who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor? 16 

4:13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town 17  and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 4:14 You 18  do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? 19  For you are a puff of smoke 20  that appears for a short time and then vanishes. 4:15 You ought to say instead, 21  “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” 4:16 But as it is, 22  you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 4:17 So whoever knows what is good to do 23  and does not do it is guilty of sin. 24 

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