Week 50   Day 3

  

When you have a fight with someone 

            don't go shopping

            because James says that shopping

            in the sense of accumulating things

            would made the problem worse

 

He says that the seeds of conflict are in our desires

            to have more and more

            to take what we want 

and we can point to examples of strife

             where people fought and killed and claimed rights to 

                        land 

                        mineral deposits

                        water

                        oil

 

James tells us not to be that way

            don't be grabbers and takers

rather cleanse your hands

            purify your heart 

and talk to God about what you need.

 

  

And about tomorrow--

            we are not entitled to it 

            we are not in control of it 

                        so we shouldn't be arrogant

God makes the sun rise, we do not

 

Each day is a gift from God

            accept God's gift

            in humility

            and in thankful, out-spoken praise.

 

 

 

                             CONFLICT RESOLUTION

                     A little humility can go a long way!

                                        James 4 & 5

 

    1Where do wars and fights come from among you?  Do
they
not come from your desires for pleasure.  2You 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. 
3You ask
and do not receive, because you ask amiss.  Do
you not know
that a friend of the world makes himself an
enemy of God. 

    6But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:  "God
resists
the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

    7Submit to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 

8Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Cleanse your

hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 

9Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

10Be humble in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

    11He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother,

speaks evil of the law and judges the law.  12There is one

Lawgiver.  Who are you to judge another?

    13You who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such

and such a city, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14you do
not
know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life?  It is

even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes

away.  15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall

live and do this or that."  16You boast in your arrogance. 

    17He who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it
is sin. 
8Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is
at hand. 

    9Do not grumble against one another, lest you be condemned. 

Behold the Judge is standing at the door!  10Take the prophets,

who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering

and patience.  11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. 

    13 Is anyone suffering?  Let him pray.  Is anyone cheerful? 

Let him sing psalms.  14 Is anyone sick?  Let him call for the

elders of the church to pray over him, anointing him with oil in

the name of the Lord.  15The prayer of faith will save the sick,

and the Lord will raise him up.  If he has committed sins, he will

be forgiven.  16Confess your sins to one another, and pray, that

you may be healed.  Effective and fervent prayer avails much.

    19 If anyone wanders from the truth, and someone turns him

back, 20let him know that he who turns a sinner from error 

will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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