An adulterous situation is among us, James says. The Message he gives is this:
Where do you think all this strife and quarrels at home come from? Do you think they just happen? Think again. They come about because you want your own way, and fight for it deep inside you. You lust for what you don’t have and are willing to kill one relationship in order to pursue another. You want what isn’t yours and pursue divorce to get your hands on it.
You wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would you? And why not? Because you know you’d be asking for what you have no right to. You are a spoiled child, wanting your own way.
You’re cheating on the One Who is Love. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of Love and a stranger of love. And do you suppose He doesn’t care? The proverb has it that “He’s a fiercely jealous lover.” And what He gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “He goes against the willful proud; He gives grace to the willing humble.”
The pride that led you astray and the thrill of finding your own way will rot your gut and harden your heart. Run and hide from reality if you will, but be aware that the One Who is Love will pursue you for Truth will be revealed. Stop in humility now and bow in repentance, for His mercy will anoint you to forgiveness and His grace will prepare the way to restoration.
James is just the messenger and the message is Love. Love came by way of purity and chose the path of the cross. Healing and resurrection followed death of His own will. Are you strong enough to pursue Love or are you determined to be strong-willed?