You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4
How is it possible for a person to choose to be an enemy of God? How is it the created can reject the One who created them for intimate relationship? James tells his readers that it is because they have chosen intimacy with the world above intimacy with God. They have been unfaithful creatures. He borrows from the Old Testament where God reveals that those who have wandered from him are adulterers. They have given themselves to other lovers. If you are a follower of Jesus, it is because you have realized that he is the Lover of your soul. You have known his love in your life and have experienced the joy of his presence. You are part of the Church (the family of God) and are the bride of Christ. Choosing to be a friend of the world is to be unfaithful in your relationship with Christ. Beyond that, it sets you against God as an enemy. You make yourself to be an enemy of God. Ponder that for a moment. You, who have realized the depth of your sin and realized your need for a Savior and have turned and asked for forgiveness are now running back to the things that made you an enemy of God in the first place. If you are feeding the earthly passions of your soul, you are an unfaithful lover and have made yourself an enemy of God. Ponder today how this impacts your actions. If we are not careful, we can wander into unfaithfulness without even realizing it. What are some steps you can take today to remain in a faithful relationship with God?