Have you thought, when reading the Bible or being around other people, that God is mean? Is He just upset that we aren’t following a list of “religious” do’s and don’t’s? Why do you think that God cares so much for us? I realize that I am starting this with several questions for all of my readers, but these are good points to stop and think about. You may have not done this before. I have read this passage many times and until today, what stood out to me the most was not only the things I do that are wrong and why I do them, but the very point that He jealously longs for us! Verse five actually says “Do you think Scripture says without reason that He jealously longs for the spirit He has caused to dwell in us?” He desires our spirit and wants this relationship with us!
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people,[a] don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us[b]? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[c]
Consequences Of My Sin
|Desire||I Don’t Have||Kill|
|Covet||Can’t Get What I Want||Quarrel And Fight|
|Don’t Have||I Don’t Ask God|
|Ask||But don’t receive because of bad motives||So I Can Spend On Pleasures|
Since He Jealously Longs For Us…
Friendship with the world = enemy of God. If you are so close to the world and don’t care what God says in His Word, this verse states that you are an enemy of God. You can’t be both. I don’t think that many people understand this, even those who go to church or went to church growing up. They feel that they are spiritual still, but embrace the world and the philosophies of the world. A current example of this is buying into Socialism/Marxism and Critical Race Theory culture currently taught in Colleges and schools in the nation. He cares, that is why He jealously longs for us. We can’t be close to the world and be close to Him too.
He Jealously Longs for the Spirit that He has caused to dwell within us, does He say this for no reason?
Because He Jealously Longs,
He gives more grace! He opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble!
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