Saturday, May 19, 2012

Peacemakers

“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.”  James 3:17-18 (NLT).

James 3:17 tells us that godly wisdom loves peace.  The rest of the sentence actually sounds peaceful as well: gentle at all times and willing to yield to others.  I have heard peace to be criticized as weak; however, if you have truly worked to keep peace you know it is very hard work.  It is easier to fly off the handle or blow up at someone than it is to keep quiet, isn't it?  Being gentle when you are not being treated gently takes an ability beyond ourselves - it is evidence of God's work in our lives.  And being willing to yield to others is not being a push over, it is knowing how to pick your priorities and deciding if it is really worth having a war of words over the issue.  Chances are, it really isn't worth it and we are all far better off being willing to let go of the pride and yield to someone else.  Peace is a fruit everyone who loves Christ should produce, because it demonstrates the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives.  Look at the wonderful promise we are given for being a peacemaker: we will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.  

Are you a peacemaker?


One of the things I am looking forward to doing on some Saturdays is sharing links to some great posts I've read written by other bloggers.

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This post is linked with Spiritual Sundays.

4 comments:

  1. Yes, may we be ambassadors of God’s character, which embodies Peace. Love this post!

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    1. Thank you, Virginia. I agree...ambassadors of God's character so others can see Him.

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  2. Peace is such a worthy goal. I am not a confrontational person, so being peaceful is fairly easy for me, but I realize it isn't for everyone.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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    1. I think that is the evidence of the Holy Spirit in your life! Thanks for visiting!

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