James 3:13-18: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy or self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
War in Afghanistan, war in Israel, and war in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. Divorces, domestic disputes, quarrels in the workplace and divisions in the churches. Why can’t people just get along and be at peace with one another?
The reason for conflict is that the world is living their way and not God’s way. The wisdom of the world is selfish. The wisdom of the world wants what belongs to someone else. The wisdom of the world is built upon the five senses and is controlled by evil forces from hell. The wisdom of the world produces evil: war, murder, divorce, thefts, violence, abuse, lying, boasting and hatred. This is the spirit which is operating in the halls of Congress, the Oval Office, the battlefields of the Middle East, the streets of Missouri, and the broken homes across our land.
The world would be a radically different place if mankind would do things according to God’s way, according to His wisdom. The spirit from heaven is reflected in good conduct, meekness, gentleness and humility before our fellow man. The man or woman with God’s wisdom yields to the good of others and seeks peace not conflict.
Are you a peace-maker or do you constantly start fights? Are you interested in the opinions and feelings of fellow human beings or is your way the only way which matters? The old preacher said it well: “This is a day of experts who have all the answers but who don’t know what the question is.”
The question is this: How do you live your life? To glorify YOU or to glorify GOD?