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Wars and violence come from greed. I need to understand that. What I see going on is a spiritual problem not a legal or moral one.

  • I want my own way.
  • That is the core of the “old me”.
  • It doesn’t lead anywhere good.

God’s goal for me is to love, not be greedy and lust after what I don’t have.

There is good news! Jesus, the Messiah, paid the price to give me a new life. I have left greed behind. I can live a life of love. I can be a light in this dark world. The power of the Holy Spirit enables God’s love in me.

Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside yourselves. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill to get it. You want what isn’t yours and will risk violence to get your hands on it.

Source: James 4:1-2 (The Message Bible)