“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 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. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:1-3
Image, there is fighting within the church. We sometimes feel that the early church was the example of what the church looks like, but this is not true. The early church was fighting with each other just like our churches today. Even the disciples created problem when they argued over who was going to be greatest in the kingdom. The members of the Corinthians church were competing with each other in the public meetings and even sueing each other in court. The Galatians were biting and devouring one another. Paul had to admonish Ephesians to cultivate spiritual unity and even his beloved church at Philippi had problems. Two women could not get along with each other. There is a story of a church in Canada that a pastor one Sunday morning became wrapped up in his tie and after that he said churches had to be tie free. This led to a fight within the church and today there is a denomination that does not allow ties in their church. This sounds silly but I have seen churches split over less. Why do we see so much fighting in the church? It is because of our selfishness. We want our way no matter what is right. Our fighting is not a problem with others; it is a problem with ourselves. It is a problem with our hearts. We have not allowed Jesus to heal us of all our hurts. Until we allow God’s healing in our life, we will fight with others so that we can hide what is in our hearts.
Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:1-8, Galatians 5:15, Ephesians 4:1-16, Philippians 4:1-3