YOU DESIRE BUT DO NOT HAVE, SO YOU KILL (JAMES. 4:2)
A TV programme on World War I said that it would take seven days to march all of Britain’s casualties from the war past London’s war monument, The Cenotaph. This shocking image would have set the mind of the viewers spinning. Wars always come at a huge cost. Sure, they cost money-but there’s no way to put a value on the amount of lives that are changed or ended because of them.
When Christians go to war with one another, the cost is also high. James wrote, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?”. When we are busy thinking about ourselves and trying to get our own way, we end up fighting with our friends, family and churches. That in itself is a big cost as our relationships and friendships get damaged. But , it’s not the only cost.
When we fight with others, we quickly forget that the world is watching. The non-believers we know may well be building up a picture of who God is through how we live, act and speak. What will our fighting and arguing show them ?
Maybe that’s why James wrote slightly earlier in his letter: “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness”. If we want to show Jesus to those we know, we need to stop fighting and offer peace instead.
WHEN CHRIST FOLLOWERS LIVE IN PEACE, THE WORLD WILL MORE CLEARLY SEE JESUS IN THEM.