Whether we are considering two men or two nations we see how personal interest controls their relation to each other. Two men can live together in perfect harmony as long as their interests coincide. Indeed it might correctly be said that human society can exist only by organizing itself in such a manner as to serve the interests of the majority of persons composing it, or at least of those persons who are in a position to fight for their rights. As long as their interests do not conflict nations may for centuries live side by side in peace; when a shift in population or a change in the economic structure takes place nations that have been friends for generations may suddenly become enemies. Hostility between nations or blocks of nations can always be traced to a clash of personal interest. All wars arise out of a collision of interests and must for that reason be recognized as a manifestation of sin. From whence come wars and fightings among you? asks James, come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
Sat, February 18, 2017
When Interests Collide
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Dont they come from your desires that battle within you? James 4:1
Do our selfish interests collide with Christs Lordship? Are we wholly His or just partially so?
Thank You, Father, for Your patience with me. Often my own selfish interests intrude to challenge the Lordship of Christ. Forgive me.
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