“Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.” James 4:9
Many seek to indulge their own pleasure (verse 3) at the expense of others. James’ instructs us to grieve over the selfish behaviour which causes quarrels and fights. Instead of abandoning us over our inability to change ourselves, God gives grace to the humble. When we honestly come to God in our brokenness and submit to him, we’re enabled to resist the lies of the devil who wants us to promote and indulge ourselves. Repentance leads us to seek God’s approval, not our own.