Love That Sows Peace
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell
Scripture Readings: James 3:13-18
Key Verse: James 3:18
“And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
The Bible is full of scriptures that address wisdom and James addresses wisdom in this chapter also. He states that wisdom comes from God and that the wisdom that is love from God is pure peace. The fruits of the spirit manifest themselves in peace and those who love God and act according to His will and are righteous in His sight are those who make peace.
He mentions behaviors which he says are evil and demonic: bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, arrogance, and lying. These are not of God and are of our baser nature. These are tendencies we are drawn to when the Holy Spirit does not dwell within us.
Those who are wise are those who embrace what is “pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering without hypocrisy.”
All good things come from God and those things which are hurtful and cause discord are not from God.
As throughout the book of James, we are reminded that faithfulness is noted by our deeds. Those who are wise demonstrate their wisdom and their faith in “good behaviors” and do so in the “gentleness of wisdom.”
True wisdom comes from above, promotes peace, and is demonstrated by those who are peacemakers and doers of God’s will, demonstrating their faith through their deeds. It is a love that sows peace. That’s the love I want to embrace. That’s the love I want to share with others. That’s the pure love that comes from God.
What is loving and promotes peace comes from God, what is not loving does not come from God. That’s clear, isn’t it? We would be wise to remember this.
Prayer: Dear Loving God—I know that your love is pure and that all good things come from you. Any time discord, pain, and suffering are caused by human behavior, I know these behaviors are not within your will. May I seek your wisdom and discernment in all that I do.