God’s Wisdom: James 3:17

16Wherever there is jealousy and rivalry, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 17However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere. 18A harvest that has God’s approval comes from the peace planted by peacemakers.

James 3:16-18(GWT)

James, in verse 16, is describing worldly wisdom, often driven by envy, jealousy, and selfish ambition, which results in disorder, conflict, and evil. In comparison, God’s wisdom is pure and moral; full of mercy, compassion, it is sincere. His wisdom is impartial, free of prejudice. Trusting in God and His wisdom, and; His ability to provide for us; teaches us to be caring, compassionate, and kind. It encourages us to serve the needs of others and to do good deeds. When you plant peace, along with gentleness, mercy, and compassion, you reap a harvest of righteousness.

16 Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats. 17 Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.  18 You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.

James 3:16-18 (MSG)

What wisdom are you following, God’s wisdom of peace, gentleness, and compassion, or worldly wisdom of selfish ambition?

Prayer; Our loving and compassionate Holy Father, we thank you for your grace and mercy. Teach us Godly wisdom, facing each day with kindness and peace. Guide us to be caring and compassionate rather than being jealous and filled with selfish ambition. Let us plant seeds of peace and be impartial and gentle to each other. Like the chrysanthemum flowers are reaching out, spreading in all directions, help us to reach out in peace and spread Your wisdom and love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

Peacemakers: James 3:18

17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:17 (NIV)

When you plant seeds, you harvest what you sow. When you plant a cucumber seed, you grow a cucumber plant that produces cucumbers. Peacemakers live peacefully with full confidence that God will take care of them. Peacemakers seek Godly wisdom rather than striving for worldly self-center lives. Peacemakers plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. What is righteousness? A simple definition is to be right with God and follow His wisdom. When your heart and actions are right with God, you will bear fruit. When you plant peace, along with gentleness, mercy, and compassion, you reap a harvest of righteousness.

“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”

James 3:18, (NLT)

Are you a peacemaker planting seeds of love, kindness, and peace?

“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

 ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world tells us to seek success, power and money; God tells us to seek humility, service and love.

Pope Francis

To be a peacemaker, you must know the peace giver.

Billy Graham

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

Mother Teresa

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, teach us to embrace Your wisdom. Let our hearts be open to You and our actions kind, compassionate, merciful, and gentle. Lord teach us to be peacemakers, planting seeds of peace and harvesting righteousness. Like the chrysanthemum flowers reach upward reflecting light, let us learn to reach upward to You for wisdom and to reflect Your love. In Jesus’ holy and loving name. Amen.