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Agriculture has come a long way since Jesus’ day! In his day, you planted crops by sowing. You’d carry a bag of seed over one shoulder. Then dip your opposite hand into it and grab a handful of seed. As you swung your arm back across and to your side, you’d let seed trickle out. Then you’d throw the rest forward as your arm swung back around to the seed sack. Sowing scattered seed in a constant motion. How unlike today when the GPS-enabled planters inject seeds in precise locations! We need to remember that sowing is a scattering of seed!
This is especially true to understand James 3:18. It says, “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” But what do peacemakers sow? To understand, we need to realize the passage in James actually concludes a passage about living a wise and good life. James 3:14-16 tell us that envy and selfish ambition are the opposite of a good life. They lead to disorder and every evil practice. The contrast is heavenly wisdom. Listen to the description in James 3:17-18, “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” (NIV).
Want to be a peacemaker? Then sow peace, be considerate and merciful, impartial and sincere!
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