11/4/19

Good morning!

Text:  James 3  (Esther 7-8)

James is a rich compendium of practical direction for Christian living.  Consider these words:

“…a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  (James 3:18)

So often when I think of righteousness coming into our broken world filled with wickedness and sin, I think of the arrival of a great sword.  I have an image in my head of battle, the sound of iron striking iron.  I think of evil being vanquished by a victorious conqueror.  My thoughts are not of peace.  Yet the verse speaks of how peacemakers sow the seeds that grow into a harvest of righteousness.  Words of Jesus like “love your neighbors” and “turn the other cheek” come to mind.  These words of James 3:18 are something to think about the next time I feel the fire of anger rising up against injustice, unrighteousness, unkindness.   When my impulse is to strike, peacemaking ought to prevail.

in Him, Mike