wow. lots here.
verse 4: anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Why in the world would i choose to be an enemy of God??? being a friend to the world... what does that mean? you accept it. you chose earthly things instead of Godly things. you don't put Christ first. I do that a lot. I choose to be an enemy of God often.
verses 7-10: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and wail. Change you laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.
Submit to God. I am a sinner. My mind is rarely focused on Christ alone. I am prideful. I need to mourn my sin. My sin is so big I need to grieve it! But at the same time...Christ loves me so much if I am humble, if I purify my heart, and ask for forgiveness HE will lift ME up. Thank you.
verse 12- who am I to judge my neighbor? ... There is only one Lawgiver and Judge.
How often do I judge everyone??? all the freaking time.
Lastly Boasting about Tomorrow- If it is the Lord's will...
Man, I need to say that more.
Lately I have been struggling with the awareness of my sin. I have been asking the Lord to make me sickly aware of my sin... Reading passages like this can do that!!! Thank You.