James 3:16-18 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
A Peaceful Life Requires the Holy Ghost
The fruit of a righteous life is a peaceful life. You will be peaceable if the nine fruits of the Holy Ghost reside in your heart and life. Are you easy to be intreated or dealt with? Are you easy to get along with? I am not saying that you are a compromiser with the Word of God. I am asking if you are willing to give up your way so that peace can rule? Or are you the type of person that always has to be right and always have their way? That is not going to yield a peaceable life.
A Peaceful Life is Sown and Must Grow
A peaceable life is sown or planted. It grows slowly over time. A Christian does not acquire all nine fruits of the Holy Ghost in full measure the minute they get saved. They have to grow. In Galatians 5, where it talks about the nine fruits of the spirit, it also talks about the eighteen works of the flesh. We must walk in the Spirit, and be led of the Spirit, so we do not manifest the works of our flesh. God’s wisdom that comes from above is always, first and foremost, pure. There is no defilement or mixture of sin, it is holy. We cannot be a hypocrite in our Christian life and be pure. A hypocrite is a mixture of good and bad. That is not pure.
A Peaceful Life Must Be Pure and Undefiled
A pure life will yield mercy towards others. It will forgive and not hold grudges. It will be gentle, and not rough or rebuking of others. There will be good fruit; such as, love, joy, peace, gentleness, longsuffering, etc. It will not be easily offended. Instead, it can’t be offended because of a low esteem of self. That will help you to be without partiality towards others. You won’t judge others because you have a right perspective towards others. Have you sown a life of peace? Or have you sown hatred? The one leads to life, the other to death and destruction.
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