As I read my Bible every day I discover that it gets right to the bottom of most issues in our lives… Like the passage today…
“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 NIV)
Core problem… foundational issue in our lives? Selfishness! Self-centered living!
How much better to follow this Biblical advice…
“Godliness with contentment is great gain! For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. If we have food and clothing we will be content with that.” (1 Timothy 6.6-8 NIV)
Or how about… “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (The secret?) … I can do all this through Him (Christ) who gives me strength!” (Philippians 4.11-13 NIV)
And then this one… “Take delight in the Lord! And he will give you the desire of your heart! Commit your way to the Lord! Trust in Him and He will do this!” (Psalm 37.4-5 NIV)
I’m learning… just like you are! Oh God work it in my heart… Root out the selfishness – the self-centeredness! May delight in You and concern for others captivate my heart!!