James 4:1 ” What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?”

Problems arise in all our lives…the fact is no one is immune to them. But how does a problem turn into a conflict between you and someone else? This verse shows us that the root of any division is our own evil desires. Admittedly, problems can cause uncertainty, difficultly, and even hardship in our lives, but they don’t have to create conflict. It’s only when one or both people are operating out of a selfish and worldly value system that we see blame-shifting, anger, and self-centeredness. Suddenly all their energy is being directed at what they want and not towards finding a mutually agreed upon solution. Titus 3:9 & Romans 7:23 tell us to avoid such controversies, for they’re stupid and can only make us a prisoner to sin.

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