“From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?”
King James Version (KJV)
4:1 From whence come wars and fightings - Quarrels and wars among you, quite opposite to this peace? Is it not from your pleasures - Your desires of earthly pleasures. Which war - Against your souls. In your members - Here is the first seat of the war. Hence proceeds the war of man with man, king with king, nation with nation.
Jas 4:1 Control of the Passions SUMMARY OF JAMES 4: Strifes from the War of Passions. Fornication with the World. Seeking the Grace of God. Humbling Ourselves Before the Lord. Evil Speaking of Brethren. The Uncertainties of This Life. From which [come] wars and fightings? Peace has been spoken in Jas 3:18, but the world is full of strife. Whence is it? James shows it is due to human passions. Among you? James was so Jewish, though a Christian, that sometimes he looked beyond the church to his fleshly brethren. He here seems to address them like another Amos or Jeremiah. [Even] from your own lusts. They are due to insatiate desires.