Prayer: I call upon You this day O LORD. Hear my cry and answer me. For You are a forgiving God and we are Your people. Amen.
Read James 4: 1-5
Peace or discord. Fighting or whining. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence. We want that nice stuff or travelling time that everyone else has. Oh oh. The community that James was writing to was having problems. The Christian community was beginning to take their focus off of God and onto what "everyone else" had in the community... and they wanted it too. Greed. Anger. Not everything was going right and the quarrels were spilling from the Church into the community. James says, STOP, think what you are doing. Not only are you hurting the church but you are also hurting yourself and your community in the process.
Do our Churches have this same problem today? Unfortunately sometimes we do have this problem in the Church of greed or anger or coveting what "everyone else" seems to have. So how do we bring the love of God back into our Churches and community? Through prayers of forgiveness.....times of meditation upon scripture..... looking inward at ourselves and giving to God what causes us to be angry, unforgiving, and covet.
Prayer: Help us this day O LORD to do Your will…. to not pick fights or let our hurts grow into anger. Forgive us LORD and help us see the joy of Your creation. In Jesus name we pray. Amen