“But he gives more grace.” The sweetness of these words is beyond words.
Published July 21st, 2016
Main point summary
Your covetousness causes in-fighting and this is enmity toward God. Yet, God gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourself before him.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?
Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?
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 wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
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.
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”?
But he gives more grace.
Therefore it says,
“God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
Submit yourselves therefore to God. [in order to receive grace]
Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God,
and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you double- minded.
Be wretched and mourn and weep.
Let your laughter be turned to mourning
and your joy to gloom.
Humble yourselves before the Lord,
and he will exalt you.