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Hostility Toward God

November 10, 2018

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Hostility Toward God

We’ve all seen instances  of hostility  towards a person — phone calls are ignored — they walk away  when the person is talking — they avoid taking part  in the same activities any more — they whisper  behind their backs — they smugly and openly display  a close friendship  with someone else…….

People have ways  of showing rejection.     People even have ways  of showing  that they reject God  as their Lord,  King,  and Savior.     James 4:4  asks,

Do you not know  that friendship  with the world  is hostility toward God?

The people James wrote to  were showing  in many ways  that the things of this world  were much more greatly loved by them  than God.     Instead of listening  to God’s call  to be humble,  they belligerently wanted  to remain  in their pride.     Instead of wanting  to follow the ways  of Jesus,  they wanted  to fight and quarrel  to get more stuff  in this world.     They preferred their  “right”  to be jealous and selfish  in their ambitions,  so they would lie against the truth.

In all of this,  they were smugly  and openly displaying  a greater friendship  with the things in this world — rather than a friendship  with God.

A friendship with God shows  a life of faith,  hope,  and love.     With faith,  their friendship would trust  that the Lord will care  for them  through whatever tough times  they needed  to endure.     With hope,  their friendship would be content  in the truths  about our real home  in heaven — since everything  in this world  will pass away.     With love, their friendship  would strive  to be like Jesus,  because everything He is  is  beautiful,  right,  and good.

There’s a huge difference  between the world’s pride,  fighting,  quarreling,  lust,  jealousies,  and selfishness,  when compared  to the Lord’s  faith,  hope,  love,  humbleness,  kindness,  mercy,  patience,  and compassion.

I know  who I want  to be friends with.

James 4:8  tells a wondrous truth  about God’s friendship,

Draw near to God  and  He will  draw near  to you.

In Jesus Christ,  God wants  to be our friend,  and He promises  to be our friend.     When we humbly turn  to Jesus  to receive the forgiveness we need,  He gladly welcomes us  with open arms  and draws us near.     That’s a friendship worth having.

In the peace  of Jesus’ friendship,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  I am so glad  You are willing  to be my forever Friend.”

Love,
Margaret

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