From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Friendship With the World
What does it mean to have friendship with the world? Does it mean that we should not be friends with unsaved people at work? James gives us this important principle that we need to understand so that we do not violate it or apply it in error. The world James has in mind, is not the planet earth or the people in the world. He is talking about this world’s system or society. He is not saying we should not be friends with people in the world. He is warning us however against being friendly with this world’s views and positions. The world’s philosophy says that money is number one. I am friends with the world when I believe it and make decisions based on it. The world says I should seek to be first, look out for #1. I am friends with the world when I make that my life’s philosophy. We should never support or encourage that philosophy. If we do, we stand in direct opposition to God. Friendship with this world’s system is enmity or separation from God. How friendly are you with the world? Do you allow its values to affect your decisions now and for the future? Have you adopted its goals for your own life?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?