We all have inner struggles. The problem is that those inner struggles often break out into violence. Oh, we don’t mean it to be that way. But we are out of control. The Bible explains it this way. “What is the source of the quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel” (James 4:1-2).
You see, struggles with others stem from inner conflict. That should not be too hard for us to grasp. But we rarely make the association. We would rather lay the blame elsewhere. It all boils down to a lack of education or my upbringing or poor living condition. Sure, all these factors may contribute to our problems. But the root and core of our difficulties lies within. We are envious and cannot obtain, so we fight and quarrel.
Now if there is a cure for envy, can’t we expect that cure to curtail our quarreling and fighting? Well, there is a cure. His name is Jesus Christ. And His cure involves a total change of heart. He says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you” (Ezekiel 36:27). Wow, that’s a cure worth pursuing.
For further help in growth in Christ, listen to “Inner Warfare and Sanctification.”