How can we discern between evil desires and God’s true wisdom? Alistair Begg shows how the apostle James presented practical evidences of both. Sins like envy and self-ambition come from our evil desires and lead to disorder and conflict. When we quarrel, we show that we have conflicting, earthly passions. Instead, we must pray that God will help us love what He commands and desire what He has promised.
1What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions1 are at war within you?2 2You 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. 3You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4You 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. 5Or 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”? 6But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
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