Do you make peace or do you need peace?
James 3:13-17 The New Testament: An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest
13-16 Who is wise and well informed among you? Let him demonstrate from the source of a good and beautiful manner of life his works in meekness, which [meekness] is characterized by wisdom. But if, as is the case, you are having bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your heart, stop boasting and lying against the truth. This wisdom is not the wisdom which comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual [having to do with the natural, physical existence as over against the [Gods] spiritual world of the supernatural], demonic; for where jealousy and contentiousness are, there, in that place, are restlessness and instability and every base deed. 17-18 But the wisdom which is from above is essentially pure, then peaceable, sweetly reasonable, satisfied with less than its due, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, free from insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.
Peace is a wonderful illusive thing. Peace is desired by every person as we live our lives in this “peaceless” troubled world. Many think that peace is the absence of trouble, stress, conflict and fighting… but… if these troubles were not present in our life would we really be at peace? Probably not, peace does not happen because of the absence of external trouble and turmoil… peace is an internal thing, a thing of the heart. Jesus said that out of the heart come the issues of life… so, how can we find peace? ? ? Only in Jesus can the human heart find and live in peace – peace even in the presence of trouble and life threatening circumstances. Pride, boasting, competition, contention, conflict, jealousy, lying – half-truths – covered truths are the world’s way of dealing with trouble, conflict, the lack of peace. But these ways do not produce peace – just more trouble…
This passage in the letter of James contrasts the peace that the world offers with the peace that comes from living in Christ. The source of true peace is found in Godly wisdom, not in the knowledge and ‘wisdom’ that the world offers.
Peace begins with our relationship with God through our believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior AND Lord, then we have Godly wisdom available to us. Godly wisdom brings peace, when we accept Gods wisdom to live by instead of the world’s wisdom we will live in the peace that Jesus has provided for us – the ‘peace that passes all understanding’
Phil 4:7-9 NIV 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
When we experience this kind of peace – Gods peace – we want it to last, and then we can become real peacemakers…
Are you ready for this peace???
Are you ready to be a real peacemaker???
Seek God and His wisdom, keep your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of your faith and you will have this peace too…