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Gospel Solutions for Conflict (James 3:13-4:3)

Nathan CurreyNathan Currey, August 28, 2011
Part of the Gospel Solutions for Life’s Problems series, preached at a Morning Worship service


I. When Conflicts Happen-
A. Historically Speaking
B. Sparks to Flames

II. Why Conflicts Happen-
A. Idolatry- Passion problem-Desire to Demand
B. Coveting-Wrong way to get the wrong thing

III. How to Handle Conflict –
A. Idol Replacement
B. Heavenly Wisdom

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James 3:13-4:3

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 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. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. (ESV)

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