Friday, October 14, 2011

A Good Harvest

This promises to be a stellar crop!

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
James 3:17-18
In this passage I see wisdom sowing her seeds:
  The seeds of purity.  
 Pure:  innocent, modest, perfect, chase (Strong’s Bible Dictionary).  In order to be wise, we must have an innocence that can only come from being washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. 

  The seeds of peace.  
 Wisdom sows seeds of peacefulness.  Our Lord is known as the Prince of Peace.  Before He left this world He said to His disciples, “Peace I give to you; my peace I leave with you.”  Only through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives may we have the fruit of the Spirit called peace.

   The seeds of gentleness.  
 Gentle:  yielding, pliant (Young’s Bible Dictionary).  Wisdom is not harsh and demanding.
    The seeds of reason.
 We must not always have to have the last word, but be willing to hear the views of another before making a judgment or giving final counsel.

      The seeds of mercy and good fruits.
Are we compassionate and kind, not uncompromising or rude?  And do we show beneficence to those with whom we are dealing.?
       The seeds of impartiality.
 There's that word again!  The wisdom from above is always impartial and unprejudiced in its dealings with others.

       The seeds of sincerity.
A wise person is not a hypocrite.  Her motives are right.
As we learn to have the wisdom that is from above, when we sow our seeds, the harvest will be a fruitful one, a righteous harvest.  The lives of others will be enriched by the fruit of our lives. 
Lord, make me wise!


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