“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.” James 3:17 NIV
Talk about raising the bar!
I was the classic angry young man 30 years ago, eager to pick an ideological fight with anyone so I could set things right.
Over the years, I have gotten inner healing for the floating anger, gone through deliverance, learned to be life giving, gained some bits of compassion here and there, and learned a vast amount of self-restraint so I don’t shatter the peace simply by showing up.
I am enormously less overtly antagonistic than I was 30 years ago.
But I still love a good fight! I am a warrior. An insult to my King will whip my emotions into warrior mode in nano-seconds. I see an enemy stronghold over a city and swiftly envision the strategy to exploit the weak spots. I watch one of God’s people walking bent over from the enemy’s bondage and my mind leaps into analysis mode, seeking the tip of the tap root so I can set another one free.
Yet, wisdom from above is pure, then peace-loving.
I can walk in peace. Sometimes. For short seasons. But peace-loving? Me? Not at the core!
Oh Father, the spirit is willing but the flesh is still weak. Being peace-loving is beyond the reach of so many of your children, but not beyond Your reach.
So in this final blessing of peace on the place we call Balmoral, we beseech You to work in the hearts of those who live there. Let them crave peace with You and peace with their fellow man.
It is You who works in us to give us the desire and the power to be Christlike. The desire to desire peace is vaguely there some of the time for some of the people. The power to be peace-loving is utterly beyond so many people.
We appeal to You, the source of all wisdom, and the God of peace to do a miracle in our hearts and cause this community to be infused with the wisdom that comes from above.
Copyright September 2011 by Arthur Burk
Sapphire Leadership Group, Inc.