Monday, March 10, 2014

Wisdom and Peace

James 3:16-18

16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

This jumped right off the page at me this morning. I got to "disorder and every vile practice" and thought, "What did that verse just say leads to disorder and vile practices?" When I saw selfish ambition was part of the cause it made sense. I can get selfish in my ambitions during the day with my children and that often leads to disorder!

But the last two verses gave me something to shoot for. I want that wisdom from above. The kind that is...

pure
peaceable
gentle
open to reason
full of mercy and good fruits
impartial
sincere

And James 1:5 says that if I lack wisdom and ask God to give it to me, He will do it!

Let's make peace by sowing a harvest of righteousness in peace.

1 comment:

Rhonda Preston said...

Isn't it wonderful that God makes obeying Him so simple. There are times we need to look at ourselves, but too much is too much. When we look to the needs of others, and look to the Lord for direction, we have less opportunities to be selfish. I love it that He gives beauty for ashes. Sin destroys, but God builds.