The reading for today is James 3:17-18
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.
In our modern world, we have endless information available at our fingertips. You no longer have to wait for your morning paper to get caught up on the news. Thanks to the 24 hours news cycle and smartphones connected to the internet, we have access to more information than ever. But with constantly conflicting information, how do you know who or what to believe? Everyone seems to have a motive or agenda.
James reminds us that wisdom from above is not at all like wisdom of this world. First and foremost, Godly wisdom is pure. Quite literally it is to be free from any impurities in one’s life. It is full in an abundance and overflowing with mercy and good deeds. Not good deeds to those who can do us a favor later or with an expectation of something in return. Good deeds done for all in Jesus’ name, without any ulterior motive.
This verse goes on to differentiate between wisdom of this world and wisdom that comes from above pointing out that true wisdom is demonstrated by a man’s good and gracious conduct and by his gracious conversation. James also adds that true wisdom flows from a heart that is gentle - and a spirit that demonstrates true humility.
We should all seek to be a bridge builder and a peacemaker in this world, so that other may experience Godly wisdom through our words and through our deeds. This kind of living and loving represents, 'Heaven's Harvest'. When we plant these kinds of seeds in the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, we will indeed reap a harvest of righteousness!
Lord, I pray today that You will remind me that I am always sowing seeds. Each action, word, even thought and deed are planting seeds. Holy Spirit purify my heart, fill me with the capacity not only to live in peace, but to be a peace maker. Amen
Prayer Concern: For those conflicted and confused on what is true in this world.