“Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:18)
Dearly beloved in Christ,
Our life on this earth is a life of sowing and reaping. The principle is that “a man reaps what he sows.” (Gal. 6:7) The Bible says we can either sow in the flesh or in the Spirit. If we sow in the flesh, what we reap will be misery and destruction; whereas if we sow in the Sprit, we will reap blessings and eternal life. God cannot be mocked or deceived. If anyone thinks that he can deceive God, he is deceiving himself. Very often we do not realize that what we are reaping today is the fruits of our carnal deeds. God does not want His children to sow in the flesh and reap destruction; but He wants us to sow in the Spirit and reap a rich harvest of righteousness.
The Bible also makes it very clear to us that we need to use God’s wisdom to reap good harvest of righteousness. We can either sow in the worldly wisdom or in Godly wisdom. But what we reap depends on which wisdom we use in sowing. A peacemaker sows in Godly wisdom and it brings a harvest of righteousness and peace in his life and in the lives of others.
James says “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.” (Jas.3:17)
God’s wisdom is primarily pure because He is holy. God’s pure wisdom leads us to a life of holiness. In contrast “the wisdom of the world is foolishness in God’s sight.” (1 Cor.3:19) When we operate in the wisdom of the world, we become fools in God’s sight. The greatest tragedy of this age is that the worldly wisdom has replaced Godly wisdom even among the believers. Many believers cannot accept the letters of Apostle Paul, because they find them to be old fashioned and outdated. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) It is unfortunate that most Christians cannot understand the purpose of the scripture. They prefer the wisdom of the world rather than the wisdom of God, which brings correction and rebuke. As a result they lose a harvest of righteousness which God has promised.
God’s wisdom is peace-loving. This peace the God promises, is not based on compromise, but on truth. This peace is also not at the cost of holiness. The church can never have peace by compromising on sin and lies. It is easy to cover up sins for the sake of peace; but that is not what God expects from us when He says we should be peacemakers. When God says His wisdom is considerate, it means it will not cause harm to others. One will not deliberately cause fights, but at the same time he will not compromise on the truth. We need to stand on the truth for justice because our God is a God of truth and justice. Satan is a liar and a deceiver; we have nothing to do with him.
God wisdom is full of mercy because He is merciful. ‘Mercy’ means ‘not getting what we deserve.’ We deserved death, but God in His mercy has saved us from eternal condemnation. A person who follows the wisdom of God will be merciful. “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful.”
There is no partiality with God and therefore, His wisdom works impartially and makes our life fruitful. When you operate in God’s wisdom, nothing will force you to take decisions in fear or favor You will not just pretend to be honest, but will be honest and sincere in all your dealings and your deeds will bring glory and honour to God’s name. and on that day when you stand before Him, you will hear Him say “Good and faithful servant”.
However, if you operate in the worldly wisdom, the result will be confusion and disorder. The reason for most of the problem that we face today in the church and also in the society is because people reject the wisdom of God and operates in the wisdom of the world.
The wisest man ever lived on the earth said “There are six thing the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked scheme, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” (Prov. 6:16-19) One of the serious sins God hates is to create dissension among brothers. Let us hate what our God hates. Speak the truth in love.
God wants us to be peacemakers, who accept the wisdom of God and sow in peace so that we may reap a harvest of peace and righteousness.
Yours in Christ
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