Look for His peace
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17&18
Are you wise? Do you have understanding? This passage in James 3 say if you are, it is seen in your conduct and that your works are done in humility with wisdom and discernment. In contrast if your behavior displays bitterness, envy/jealousy and self-seeking, these actions are demonic and bring confusion and every evil thing. (not so good) Here’s the good news . . . it’s up to you, you are in control. Do you want confusion and turmoil in your life? Do you want chaos and stress? Certainly not, I don’t think any of us desire to go through life in chaos and confusion. The blessed life includes peace and clear direction. Today, you can choose. In fact, you have been choosing all along in your life, you just may not have realized it. Your actions are speaking for you. Humility and looking out for others is wisdom. Bitterness and self-seeking brings confusion and every evil work. Which is your attitude?
Peace is one of God’s fruit, so it is obvious that where there is peace, God is at the center. The secret is that peace starts in your heart. It is not something you can control in your external circumstances. Oh, it may look like you are keeping your “world” under control through manipulation and maneuvering. However, true peace is on the inside of a person and remains there no matter what the external circumstances are. Isaiah 26:3 says God will keep you in perfect peace when you keep your mind stayed on Him, because you trusts in Him. You can attain and hold on to peace by keeping your focus on God and His plan for your life and the world. It’s not a secret what God is doing, it’s good and it is all in His Word. God has always let His people in on what He is doing and He always will. It is up to us to look for it and know. Know it so deeply that we cannot be shaken by an external crisis’.
Lastly, Psalms 34:14 says to depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. Peace should be our pursuit in life. Not pleasure, not things and not power. The peace of God’s plan and ways are what we go after each day. By spending time alone with God and His Word each day, His peace will fill you up and propel you through the day. Worship and love Him and go the direction of peace.
Today I want to encourage you to choose peace and display it in your actions. Put on humility and wisdom to navigate the day. No matter what is going on around you, decide that you are going to bring peace into every situation you enter. Through wisdom and understanding, with meekness and humility, let the wisdom of God guide you into all peace and take others with you. Be proactive and pursue peace, then you will depart from evil and do what is right!
Today’s scripture reading: James 3:13-18