1 Do you know where your fights and arguments come from? Your fights and arguments come from the selfish desires that make war inside you. 2 You want things, but you don’t get them. So you kill and are jealous of other people. But you still cannot get what you want. So you argue and fight. You don’t get the things you want because you don’t ask ˻God˼. 3 Or when you ask, you don’t receive. Why? Because the reason you ask is wrong. You only want things so that you can use those things for your own pleasures. 4 So you people are not faithful to God! You should know that loving the world is the same as hating God. So if a person wants to be a part of the world, then he makes himself God’s enemy. 5 Do you think the Scriptures mean nothing? The Scriptures say, “The Spirit that ˻God˼ made to live in us wants us only for himself.” 6 But the grace ˻(kindness)˼ that God gives is greater. Like the Scripture says, “God is against proud people, but he gives grace ˻(kindness)˼ to people who are humble.” 7 So give yourselves to God. Be against the devil, and the devil will run away from you. 8 Come near to God and God will come near to you. You are sinners. So clean sin out of your lives. You are trying to follow God and the world at the same time. Make your thinking pure. 9 Be sad, be sorry, and cry! Change your laughter into crying. Change your joy into sadness. 10 Be humble before the Lord, and he will make you great. 11 Brothers and sisters, don’t say things against each other. If you criticize your brother ˻in Christ˼ or judge him, then you are criticizing the law ˻he follows˼. When you judge a brother ˻in Christ˼, you are really judging the law ˻he follows˼. And when you are judging the law, you are not a follower of the law. You have become a judge! 12 God is the only One who makes laws. He is the only Judge. God is the only One who can save and destroy. So it is not right for you to judge another person. 13 Some of you say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to some city. We will stay there a year, do business, and make money.” Listen! Think about this: 14 You don’t know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a fog. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. 15 So you should say, “If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But now you are proud and you boast. All of this boasting is wrong. 17 And when a person knows how to do good, but does not do good, then he is sinning.