Main point summary
Our sinful passions tempt us to wander from the Lord. Praise God He gives more grace and instructs us to humble ourselves so that He may draw near once again and exalt us.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?
Is it not this, that your passions 1 are y at war within you? 2
and do not have,
so you murder.
and cannot obtain,
so you fight and quarrel.
You do not have,
because you do not ask.
and do not receive,
because you ask z wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
a You adulterous people! 1
Do you not know that friendship with the world
is enmity with God?
b Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says,
“He yearns jealously over the spirit c that he has made to dwell in us”?
But d he gives more grace.
Therefore it says, e “God opposes the proud,
but d gives grace to the humble.”
therefore to God.
f Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
g Draw near to God,
and he will draw near to you.
h Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and i purify your hearts, j you double-minded.
k Be wretched
Let your laughter be turned to mourning
and your joy to gloom.
l Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and he will exalt you.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalms 51:17 ESV
1 “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3 Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Isaiah 55:1-3 ESV