Source of conflict is within all of us

Families have this in common, “Wherever two or three are gathered together in a family, there will be some degree of conflict.”

This may be the common ground between families of every generation. As long as there are families, I suppose there will be conflict.

James tells us that there is really only one source of conflict.

He asks a probing question in James 4:1; “What causes fights and quarrels among you?” Do you want to answer that question?

Most of us would be embarrassed to admit some of the things we have fought about. We would be pointing the finger of blame at others as the source of our conflict. Very few of us would be raising our hand to admit that we are to blame.

How would you answer that question? What causes fights and quarrels among you?

James continues; “Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?”

Wait! There can’t be one answer to this question, can there? James is saying that the common source of conflict is within me. I want to say that the cause of fights and quarrels is him, her or them, but not me. It comes from within him or within her. It’s not my fault! It has to be what they said, or what they did or did not do.

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