War and Peace

Discussion Questions:

We war and battle with each other because we are in hot pursuit of feeding a desire. Did this passage help you identify a desire you’ve made war or are currently making war to satisfy? Share.

James labels the life consumed with feeding one’s cravings “adultery”, “friendship with the world”, “enmity with God” (verse 4). Why? Do verses 4 and 5 offer any good news for our situation? Explain.

The transformation from carnage-making to peace-making starts with returning and surrendering to God. James sets that out practically in verses 6-10. Reflect on what would it look like to apply these actions to your own life right now.

Laying down our sword and taking the path of the cross is the harder way but God promises to take care of us. Did Jesus experience this reality? Have you experienced this before? Discuss.