Main point summary
Adulterers! Submit to God who has generous grace for those who humble themselves.
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.”
Submit yourselves 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.
Living like the world!
Your actions are showing a divided loyalty between the world and God. Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Therefore, repent and humble yourself before God. God has grace for you! Jesus said blessed are the poor; Those who mourn; the humble. (Matt 5) The way to draw close to God is humble, repentant, submissive. Side note: this passage kind of smells like Hosea.
Definitely convicted on this one. "Covet" verse 2d - Note the similarities and association of complaining, discontentment. James 5:9 tells us not to complain. We can see complaining and a lack of contentment in the people of Israel after they were taken out of Egypt. Paul commenting on this says that God takes grumbling so seriously he killed people for it. This should be an example and a warning to us, and instruction on the seriousness of grumbling. ( 1 cor 10:10,11 ) Lord, help us not to be complainers and grumblers. " He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness." 1 Peter 2:24 "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21 Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins? Lamentations 3:39