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He gives more grace!

Scripture reading for November 5th:  James 4

Because of the sins that James had highlighted, there were those who were always quarreling in the church of Jerusalem.  Can you imagine that?  People were showing partiality, trying to get what they wanted, listening to the word of God but not applying it, and their undisciplined tongues ran wild causing turmoil!

“What causes fights and quarrels among you?  Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”  (James 4:1-3)

James spoke plainly about the source of fights in the church.  People were driven by their feelings and not by the word of God!  Their motives were selfish and they wanted only what would make them happy instead of submitting to God, their leaders, and serving others.  I am sure glad nothing like this happens in the church today!

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God?  Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to live in us envies intensely?  But He gives more grace.  That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  (James 3:4-6)

God’s grace to those caught in the quarreling would be given only to the humble!  Even today, we must resist the devil and humbly draw near to God, asking for His grace!  He gives without condemnation!

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