“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.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.Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:13-18
This passage of scripture really spoke to me. We are in a time that things do not always seem peaceful. We have an ongoing pandemic. There are protests and rioting which are meant to be peaceful but are far from it. Within my own personal life there have been a number of deaths due to mental illness that are tragedies. This world seems far from peaceful. But this unrest and discord is not from God. He works through it. He brings glory to himself through it but the underlying unrest, death, despair and conflict is not of God.
This passage today was a good reminder that God’s spirit gives us wisdom that is pure; peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. When we as Christians are walking by the spirit, listening and obeying God then our actions and words should be pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, and sincere. I have to admit that many times my words are far from these things. And even worst my thoughts. It is often a struggle inside myself. For my greatest battlefield is inside me.
So often we want to solve the worlds problems. This is not necessarily bad but the greatest way to solve the worlds problems is to start with yourself. We ourselves have to be pure, peace loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, and sincere. Otherwise we will be causing the worlds problems rather than fixing them. God often works and moves in this world through us his children. When we are pure, peace loving, considerate, submissive, merciful, and sincere we will be reflecting God’s wisdom to others.
Given we are in a pandemic with forced social distancing, quarantining and much isolation let’s use this time wisely to be more introspective. To examine ourselves for purity, peacefulness, compassion, submissiveness, mercy, and sincerity rather than trying to fix what is out of our control. Our world needs more peacemakers. Let’s all work to be God peacemakers.