Monday, October 17
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? James 4:1
Have you ever had an argument or disagreement with someone? Of course you have, and it is never something we would categorize as fun. We end up avoiding them in the hallway, or not talking to them. Our stomach churns when we have to interact with them. Who really enjoys that?
Today James continues the theme that we learned last week back in chapter two. “Wars” speaks of relationships that are characterized by friction, and “fightings” speaks of the individual, visible arguments and fights we get into. The words “among you” suggest that this was a problem in the churches to which He was writing. Some may ask, “You mean that Christians have arguments and fights with each other, even in the same church?” The answer is obvious. Yes! We have disagreements and often these turn into “wars” and “fightings”.
So what is the source of these “wars”? According to James it is the sinful desires found inside (“in your members”) the people who are involved. The war going on inside the people involved shows up in the “war” and “fighting” on the outside.
Since this is the case, for a “war” or “fighting” to end we have to stop looking to the other person first and check out what is going on inside of ourselves. We’ve got to own up to the “lusts that war in your members”?
Are you involved in a fight with someone else? If so, here is an extremely important these question: In what part of this fight are you to blame? What have you done wrong? What evil desire inside you is fueling the war on the outside? It’s time to own up.