“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18
Those who make peace.
What exactly does that look like?
Sometimes it’s easier to understand what something isn’t.
Those who make peace are not users.
They do not benefit themselves at the cost of another.
Those who make peace are not rash or hot tempered, spewing forth anger and rage at others.
They take their emotions to God.
Those who make peace are not loud and demanding.
Instead, they listen.
They don’t seek their own, but other’s good first.
Those who make peace are not foolish.
Instead they are thoughtful, kind, polite, considerate.
They are servants, people who choose to be a benefit to others.
No wonder this verse says they sow righteousness.
A true person of peace is created by the practice of daily surrendering to the Prince of Peace.
Look at the disciples.
Before Jesus’s death and resurrection they have little understanding.
Sadly, they even argue over who is the greatest among them. (Luke 9:46, 22:24)
Things are completely different after Pentecost.
Acts 4:33 NKJV — And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
Acts 5:41 NKJV — So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Truly, these men became those who make peace.
For only true peace can be found in Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 KJV — Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for teaching me about peace and those who make peace. Lord, I want to be one. Please continue to daily create in me the qualities of a peace maker, a child of God. Thank You.