James 3:16-18 (NLT)
For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
Sometimes when we read the Bible we might be looking for a snack…you know, something tasty to hold us over. Sometimes, however, when we go to God with our needs He will give us the entrée scripture. We may be tempted to gloss over but if we want to be filled and changed, we must chew slowly.
Peace is powerful. Experiencing peace with God through the forgiveness of our sin because of Jesus. Peace of God that can rule our hearts and lead us in our daily living…as an umpire…showing us what is in God’s will for us and what is out. Peace with ourselves, who we are, where we have been, where we are now and where we are going. Peace in our relationships…unity and harmony that comes from a willingness to yield to one another. If you have never experienced peace you are likely living in a constant search for it. If you have lived in peace and lost it, you certainly know the difference it makes.
How do we become peacemakers? Or remain peacemakers? I appreciate this verse, even though it certainly is a mouthful, because although it’s not easy God makes it clear. When jealousy or selfishness reigns in our hearts and lives, disorder follows. Godly wisdom is needed to live in peace. The verse above says wisdom from above is peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. Even when peace requires setting healthy boundaries with others, God will show us how when our motives are pure. If we are willing to plant seeds of peace God says we will reap a harvest of righteousness, or right living. I think that means if I am willing to let go of my selfish ambitions God’s best plans for my life will be realized.
Jesus, make me a peacemaker. Give me wisdom to understand the importance of peace in my heart, my relationships and my family. Help me to discern Your voice above all others and give me a ravenous hunger to know You more, to follow You harder and to obey Your Word. I trust Your way, God.