Tuesday, March 19, 2019

James 3:17-18 NIV 2011

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. Peace-makers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James was a pillar of the church. Galatians 2:9, “James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars…” After disclosing how to tame the tongue, James explains God’s wisdom. That wisdom and discipline comes from a place of love. Hebrews 12:11, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” God’s mercy extended during course corrections for His faithful is always perfect. Luke 6:36, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Godly love is perfectly sincere. Romans 12:9, “Love must be sincere.” God’s wisdom transforms the hearts and minds of peacemakers.

The closer I look at my own life, the more aware I am of the many flaws and uneven places there. It’s always been important for those in my family and circle of friends to get along. As that circle grew being the peacemaker put me in a different sphere. God showed me it’s not my responsibility to make sure everyone gets along. With God’s help, He guides me toward creating an environment that is peaceful, safe and secure. God’s wisdom transformed my heart and mind to seek His peace.

How does God transform sinners daily?

Transformed by God’s peace,

S

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