Main point summary
Self-centeredness is the cause of quarreling, bickering, arguing and fighting–birthed from our own lusts that seek our own interests. Self-centeredness in all forms is sin, and the life living for its own is hostile and an enemy of God.
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you?
What's at the root of your quarrels and your fighting? What causes it?
Is it not this, that your passions 1 are y at war within you? 2
Is this not the reason, that your passions and self-centered desires of the flesh are at conflict with the desires of the Spirit (Gal 5:17)?
You desire and do not have,
You desperately desire something but don't have it,
so you murder.
so you murder out of jealousy and selfish ambition.
You covet and cannot obtain,
You envy and crave what others have and when you can't get it
so you fight and quarrel.
you fight and quarrel bitterly.
You do not have,
There are things you don't have
because you do not ask.
because you don't ask for them.
You ask and do not receive,
You ask for things and don't get them,
because you ask z wrongly,
because you ask with wrong motivations,
to spend it on your passions.
to spend those things on your own sinful desires and selfish plans.
a You adulterous people! 1
You people commit adultery!
Do you not know that friendship with the world
For do you not know that embracing the world and that which is in it
is enmity with God?
makes you hostile and an enemy of God?
b Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world
If you desire to be a friend of the world and follow the ways of the world,
makes himself an enemy of God.
you make yourself an enemy of Almighty God.