Oct 11th 2021 · Day 284
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‘What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?’ (James 4:1, NLT).
I used to think that my frustrations and pent-up anger was the fault of somebody else, until I was discipled to see that it was more about me than them!
In our New Testament passage today, we read that evil desires are at work within us, giving birth to the frustrations that often manifest in our interpersonal relationships.
This war between the flesh and the Spirit is at work within all of us and this side of heaven, it will not cease. Our hope is in continually looking to Christ, locking our gaze on Him and becoming like Him as we worship Him.
Like Adam, in the Garden of Eden, the temptation is always to play the ‘blame game’. In Genesis 3 we can see that Adam blames Eve for leading him astray – and he even blames God: “The man said, ‘The woman you [God] put here with me – she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it’” (v. 12)!
Whether we blame God or other people for our actions, circumstances or situations, it doesn’t solve anything. When we blame others, we just will not grow in our faith.
So stand up, dust yourself down, look to Jesus and take responsibility for your actions today; let your heart overflow with love for Christ. See past the fleshly desires to react and respond in love!
Pause and reflect: Do you need to take some time in the presence of God asking the Lord to soften your heart to His gentleness? Thank Him for His graciousness towards you, too.
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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