Who needs a friend in this world? We think we do. It is nice to. Thing is,I would rather be without a friend in this world and have a friend in Jesus!
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
As we consider this passage, the position of our hearts before God is paramount. Do we approach God and ask Him to fulfill our own selfish pleasures? James 4:1-3 talks about wars coming from our desires for pleasure. In essence, war is born from the war that is being waged within us. Verse 5 reveals to us that the Holy Spirit “yearns jealously” for us. Our agreement with the Holy Spirit is not a compromise, and it does not include a negotiation regarding terms of the relationship. The terms are surrender and humility that flows from a foundation of grace. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ and that truth is evidenced here in James. Because of the battleground of our souls, we are in danger of approaching God in prayer ready to “play both sides”. We try to befriend both the world and God, and that will never end well.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.