Friends and Enemies – James 4:1-6
You can’t be friends with both the world and God. You have to pick one or the other. In this sermon pastor David explains how friendship with the world makes you God’s enemy, but we can still have hope because God takes His enemies and through the work of Jesus Christ transforms them into His friends. Abandon the love of the world and embrace the love of God. Rather than this world which deceives and forsakes, you can have God as your best friend.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the Spirit that He has made to dwell in us”? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:1-6)