I thought that Selwyn made two good points in today’s study, one: “The quickest way to get out of fellowship with anyone is to get out of fellowship with God, and the quickest way to get out of fellowship with God is to neglect is to neglect to pray.”
The second point, being: “If what we want in life is based on comparisons, envy and greed, we will never be satisfied, no matter how much we get. There will always be someone else to envy, something else to possess, some other objective to be gained. This kind of desire is like a bottomless pit – it can never be filled up.”
As James mention in his letter it’s this type of desire which leads to disunity within our Christian fellowship – it’s a desire born out of our self-centred pride.
James 4:1-3 (NLT): “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill (anyone, who hates another – is a murderer) to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask (God), you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong – you want only what will give you pleasure.”