Grace to the Humble
I have spent most of the day going over these few passages and the more I read them the deep it takes me. As someone that is attempting to learn how to read and apply the Word it is passages such as these that create the most reflection. In the Gospels I meditate on the teachings of Jesus, but here James is challenging with question after question that open the door and forces me to look inside. While this is one of the shortest, if the shortest book in the Bible, for me it is one of the strongest.
James 4 NKJV
1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?
2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”