Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/24/16

This week’s scripture is from James:

Gold coins“Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”  (James 4:4b)

It can be difficult not to want the things of this world: to have money, to have a fancy home with expensive clothes and things, or to want to have importance or fame and have people admire us, love us, or have to look up to us, to have a position of authority or prestige, to be honored by people, or to attain in life what few others can attain.

Though none of these things is necessarily a sin in and of itself, God says that we are not to be friends with this world. We are in the world, but we are not to be of the world. The more of the world that is in us the more we are of this world. Let us not become friends with the world and lose our friendship with the One who loves us more than the world does, for we belong to Him, not to the world.

May you be blessed by being a friend of God.

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