1 What leads to war and struggle between you? Isn`t it true that your passions are in you at war? 2 You want and you don`t have it; Note how generous Paul is to both parties. It assumes that both sides exercise their freedoms or restrictions on the glory of God. Wouldn`t it be surprising to be in a church where everyone gave themselves the benefit of the doubt about these differences instead of turning everything as bad as possible? A psalm of Asaph. God took his place in the divine council; In the midst of the gods, he is present: “How long will you judge unjustly and be biased to the wicked? Selah Gives justice to the weak and fatherless; respect the rights of those concerned and those in need. Save the weak and needy; deliver them from the hands of the wicked. They have no knowledge or understanding, they walk in darkness; All the foundations of the Earth are shaken. … That doesn`t mean your conscience is always right. It is wise to calibrate your consciousness so that it better corresponds to God`s will. But this means that one cannot be constantly against one`s conscience and be a healthy Christian. You must be fully convinced of your current position on food or drink or special days – or whatever the problem – and then live from that decision consistently until God, through his word and mind, can lead you to adapt to your consciousness. 12. Love is patient, love is friendly. She doesn`t envy, she doesn`t brag, she`s not proud.
He does not dishonor others, he is not selfish, he is not easily angry, he does not keep traces of injustice. Love does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in the truth. She always protects, she always trusts, she always hopes, she always persists. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 For I fear that when I come, I will not find you what I want, and that we will not be found by you for not being what you want. that there may be quarrels, jealousy, furious spirits, quarrels, caloges, gossip, arrogance, troubles; “He was a rich man, dressed in purple and fine linen, who had a lush taste every day. And at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, wounded, who wanted to feed on what was falling from the rich man`s table. Also, even the dogs came to lick his wounds. The poor man died and was carried by the angels alongside Abraham. The rich man died and was buried, and in Hades he looked up in agony, and looked at Abraham away, and Lazarus by his side. … What leads to fights and fights between you? Isn`t it true that your passions are in you at war? You don`t want it and you didn`t, so you`re killing.
You want and you can`t have it, so you fight and you fight. You don`t have it because you don`t ask. You don`t ask and don`t get it because you don`t ask to spend it on your passions. Free and rigorous Christians in one church both have a responsibility to each other. Strict Christians have a responsibility not to impose their conscience on all other members of the Church. It is a grave sin to try to tie the conscience of another with rules that God does not clearly command. For this original Jewish audience, who was the first recipient of James` letter, it would be common knowledge that the Hebrew word means consciousness in verse 8. Instead of talking about the organ that pumps blood into our chest, James refers to the inner person, the soul, the consciousness.
When you`re like me, you don`t know anyone who likes conflict.