“Love That Sows Peace” By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)

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.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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