A Harvest of Righteousness

by Scarlett Stough

Wisdom from God can only be activated in a peace-loving* life: “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is…peace-loving (James 3:17.)” The qualities James lists as attributes of heavenly wisdom work together. Problem solving God’s way comes from pure motives and purpose, a love of peace, a consideration for both mercy and justice, being willing to listen without prejudice or bias out of a good character.

Jesus pronounced a blessing on those who are peacemakers, “for they will be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9.)” People aren’t born peace-loving; we have to learn. The prophet Isaiah reported: “The way of peace they do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace (Isaiah 59:8.)”

This was written millennia ago, yet this statement rings just as true today as it did in Isaiah’s time. Paul quoted this passage in his letter to the church congregation in Rome (Romans 3:17.) In verse 18 he coupled this with a verse from Psalms “There is no fear of God before their eyes (Psalm 36:1.)” Without fear of God, there can be no peace; without peace with God, there can be no genuine godly wisdom. This is our starting point if we want to be wise.

God made a way for us to make peace with him: “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:1-2.)”

Isaiah foretold the time of Christ: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring glad tidings, who proclaim salvation…(Isaiah 52:7.)” Jesus is our “wisdom from God” (I Corinthians 1:20-31.) This is the “Good News” or the “Gospel” which continues to be passed on today. The response is the same today as in any age, some believe and some don’t.

After we become believers in Jesus, we have a responsibility to live as peace-loving, peace-making citizens of his kingdom. God teaches us how to be peaceable through his discipline: “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 (Hebrews 12:11.)” If we sow in peace, we will raise a harvest of righteousness (James 3:18.)

Paul closed his second letter to the Corinthian church with these words: “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you (II Corinthians 13:11.)”

*Strong’s number 1516 eirenikos--peaceable. (from 1515) eirene, describes harmonious relationships between men, between nations and between God and man. The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001.

 

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Sow in Peace.


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