Published December 28th, 2017; Updated December 30th, 2017
You lust and do not have; so you a commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
You ask and a do not receive, because you ask 1 with wrong motives, so that you may spend it 2 on your pleasures.
You a adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with b the world is c hostility toward God? d Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you think that the Scripture a speaks to no purpose: “ 1 He 2 jealously desires b the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”?
But a He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “ b God is opposed to the proud , but gives grace to the humble .”
a Submit therefore to God. b Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
a Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. b Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and c purify your hearts, you d double-minded.
a Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
a Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.