The Passions at War Within

Quarrels and fights will be a reality of life all around us this week. According to James, if I am to avoid the pitfalls without, I must consistently look within.

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? (James 4:1)

Throughout James 4, the Holy Spirit doesn’t leave those questions unanswered or up to me.

Consider the Path to “War”

  • I declare independence from God (4:5)
  • I conform to the world around me (4:4)
  • War, fueled by my passions, breaks out within me (4:1)
  • When someone gets in my way, quarrels and fights break out (4:1) and I allow the evil that has taken root in my heart to spew out of my mouth (4:11-12)
  • My relationships and my own spirit are overrun with enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, and envy (Gal 5:20-21), threatening my very eternal life (4:4)

Consider Also the Path to Peace

  • I must be willing to humbly listen and objectively evaluate: “Do you not know?” (4:4)
  • The God who jealously yearns over my spirit is a God of grace (4:6)
  • I am given the opportunity to submit to God and resist the devil (4:7)
  • With a broken and contrite heart that is grieved over my sin, I repent (4:8-9)
  • I walk humbly with my God, trusting that his way is best (4:10)

This sermon was delivered on September 25, 2016.

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About Jason Hardin

Jason lives in southern Indiana with his wife Shelly and their three daughters. He works with the Charlestown Road church of Christ. Jason has written three books and a variety of workbooks. He's a fan of photography, baseball, mountains, wildlife, BBQ, banana pudding, and coffee. You can contact him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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