Things to Avoid

1 What is the source of quarrels and 1conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage 2war in your members?
2 You lust and do not have; so you 3commit murder. You are envious and cannot * obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
3 You ask and 4do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.
4 You 5adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with 6the world is 7hostility toward God? 8Therefore whoever * wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
5 Or do you think that the Scripture 9speaks to no purpose: "He jealously desires 10the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us"?
6 But 11He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "12GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."
7 13Submit therefore to God. 14Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
8 15Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 16Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and 17purify your hearts, you 18double-minded.