Notes From Underground

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Sermon Text: James 3:13-4:7

Today in our lesson from James we come to his teaching about unruly feelings and their effects. “Where there is envy and selfish ambition,” he says, “there will be disorder and wickedness of every kind.” “What causes wars, and what causes fighting among you?” he asks. “Is it not your passions that are at war within you?” C.S. Lewis described his own personality as “a zoo of lusts, a bedlam of ambitions, a nursery of fears, and a harem of fondled hatred.”

Sometimes our runaway passions are obvious and openly expressed. During a phone call years ago at another church, I lost my temper at a church member. We were making plans for a congregational retreat, and I don’t know what we were arguing about, but, whatever it was, the phone call did not go well. He got angry at me too. I called him later and apologized. Luckily, he accepted my apology and forgave me and apologized for his temper. Sometimes our feelings are clearly visible…see full sermon here