Trouble’s Root Cause; Peace’s Only Hope


1 John 2, verse 16, in the New American Standard Bible reads “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.”  I was thinking today about root cause analysis and this verse came to mind.  When I look at the troubles and violence and hatred in the world, I wonder what is behind it all.  I often find myself wishing that people would just get along.  I question why we can’t lay aside our differences and, as the old saying goes, “agree to disagree”.  Reflecting along these lines today, it seems to me we have the answer before us.  In the world, that is in the natural realm in which our flesh dwells, the lures and attractions that exist serve as a root cause for the ills around us.

“All that is in the world” holds tremendous attraction for our flesh.  The “lust of the flesh” speaks of the passion for those things that satisfy our hunger for comfort and pleasure.  The “lust of the eyes” speaks of the driving desire for more – especially prevalent in our culture in the United States.  Even when we already have more than we need, we still desire what we see with our eyes.  The “pride of life” speaks of the desire in our natural being to “win” over others.  Let a friend tell a story of some great prize or catch and our immediate instinct and desire is to tell of our even greater one.  These attractions and desires drive us to the point of strife, animosity and warfare.  James chapter 1, verses 1-4, state clearly that desiring these things that are always just outside our grasp becomes the source of wars and strife.

So what do we do?  How do we work toward real peace in the world?  My guess is that we will never achieve peace through legislation, nor through political processes, nor through wars and violence.  I suspect that the only hope for real peace in the world begins with finding genuine peace with God.  May the God who loved humanity so much that He sacrificed His Only Begotten Son in order to bring us peace with Himself help us to surrender our wills, our desires, and our very lives to Him.

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~ by brotherfaron on April 15, 2016.

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