What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. (James 2:1-2a NIV)
Conflict is caused by selfish people acting selfishly. We struggle with and attack other people because we want more “stuff.” Here are some examples of how selfish desires can cause fights and quarrels among us.
1. Divorce. Many people end their marriages for selfish reasons. Sometimes it’s because they desire a different partner who is more physically attractive or makes more money. Or maybe it is because they simply want to spend more time on themselves rather than providing for their partner’s needs.
2. Church Splits. Greediness can easily infect the church, causing churches to split over disagreements on how to spend the church budget.
3. Shooting wars. Countries will invade other countries just to steal their natural resources. We often do the same thing to our friends on an individual basis. We will sue or blackmail our best friends just to make a few dollars. We will lie about our coworkers in order to get a promotion.