“Jealousy and Ambition Cause Confusion” 6/07/2018 Written by Wally Fry for “Truth in Palmyra”

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 Written by Wally Fry  for “Truth in Palmyra”  @   https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com

 Original post @  https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/faith-in-action-jealousy-and-ambition-cause-confusion-2/

 

Faith In Action-Jealousy and Ambition Cause Confusion

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James 3:16

 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.


Read all of James Chapter 3 here

Jealousy and strife may be what motivates us to rely on worldly wisdom, but these two have effects. They are not just things we feel; they cause things to happen.

One of the thing jealousy and selfish ambition cause is confusion. Here, confusion is not used in the sense of people not knowing what they are doing, but in the sense of disorder or lack of harmony. It can be used to express the thought, “to disturb,” and is even used to describe a state of anarchy.

We see this same word used previously in James’ Epistle and it describes the same sort of situation there as well.

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Here, unstable is the same word as unstable used in our text today.

James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.Here, the word unruly is the same original word.

So, we can see here that our jealousy and ambition create situations of confusion, instability, and unruliness in the body of believers. John MacArthur in his commentary series gives a good list of many of the things caused by our jealousy and ambition: anger,; bitterness; resentment;  lawsuits, divorce; racial, ethnic and social disorders. He says they include the absence of some things as well: love, intimacy, trust, fellowship, and harmony.

In case we are unclear on how God truly feels about this situation in His churches and among His people, let us look again at something The Apostle Paul said; this time Paul was writing to a very confused Church in the city of Corinth.

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

God and His wisdom do not produce confusion and disorder. That is the product of our own man-made, worldly wisdom.

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P.S.  (from bruce)   If you are not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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