What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people!Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? 6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
While praying for patience and grace
allows for trials to rain down like crazy is fruitful and teaches us more of Christ’s character…there’s one thing we have to remember:
Grace and Patience are gifts and results ….of Humility and Peace.
As the verse above says: God gives grace to the humble.
In John, Christ says that He gives us His peace. Peace is one of the fruits of the spirit given to us a gift and shield when we decide to walk with and pursue Christ.
We have already been offered freedom from bondage, so in pursuing Christ and humbling ourselves before Him, we are able to thank Him for who He is, recognize who He is…and continue walking in HIS strength rather than our own. When we are completely exposed and weak, that’s when God shows up in power like we’ve never seen before.
So exercise grace and patience, by praying for and seeking peace and humility.
[Peace leads to Patience.Humility leads to Grace]