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A FAITH THAT LOOKS ON RELATIONSHIPS
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. 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 us more grace. That is why
Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the
humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and
he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near
to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts,
you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter
to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the
Lord, and he will lift you up. Brothers, do not slander one
another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him
speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law,
you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is
only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and
destroy. But you--who are you to judge your neighbor?
You may want to take your Bibles and turn to James, chapter 4,
to follow along in the notes on the backside of your bulletin
tonight. While you're turning, a ...
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