Tuesday, 8th October 2019: Peace-making cannot be separated from wisdom!

Scripture Reading: James 3:13 &17
V13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
V17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Reflections: Apostle James in his epistle discusses vividly the negative use of the tongue in causing strife, enmity and confusion in the body of Christ and condemns it outright. He describes such attitudes as a form of wisdom that is worldly, self-centered, and demonic. This invariably introduces a dimension of wisdom required in keeping up relationships in the bond of unity. By implication, being wise therefore is also determined by how peacefully you strife to live with people and how you refrain from using your tongue to gossip, slander and to talk evil about people. This according to James is the ‘wisdom that comes from above’. Conclusively then, he classifies a wise person as somebody whose actions are done humbly and wisely to preserve the bond of unity. His words ‘ the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated.’sums it all up. Wisdom indeed speaks of peace-loving!

Prayer: Oh Lord, give me wisdom that is first of all pure and peace-loving; and without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

Confession: In my relationship with people, I apply the wisdom that is first of all pure and peace-loving.

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