Reaping A Harvest of Righteousness

James 3:18

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 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. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. (James 3:13-18 NIV)

Do you hold bitterness or envy towards someone?  Has it been there a long time?  Does it bring you peace?  James says bitterness, envy, selfish ambition is not from heaven.  The Heavenly wisdom brings us peace-loving, considerate of others, submission, full of mercy and goof fruit, impartial and sincere.  Release the bitterness and envy to the Lord and you will be filled with peace.

Lord, please forgive us for holding grudges against others.  Please replace the thoughts of bitterness, envy, and selfish ways with peace that only you can provide.  Thank you Lord, amen.

–Diane Levy

Written by Diane Levy


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