From Pastor’s Desk:
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. – James 3:17-18 NKJV
According to the California DMV rule book, if two drivers arrive at a four-way stop sign at exactly the same time, the person on the right has the right-of-way. It is, however, understood, that a driver, just because he/she ‘owns’ the right-of-way, is not to insist on it if it might cause a collision.
Maybe we, as Christians, should do the same. Don’t confuse what I’m saying with compromise, or showing weakness. It is not a matter of weakness for a peaceable, gentle person being willing to yield. In fact, in their strength will shine through, as they show mercy to others. Their good fruit, developed by living a righteous life, will be on display. They will portray no pretense: they will be who they say they are.
There is no greater commodity, in my opinion, than peace. The world is seeking after it constantly. Individuals strive hard to find it. The problem is, it is sought in all the wrong places, for the wrong reasons. Real genuine, lasting, a ‘changing-a-life’ kind of peace, is found only in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
It is, indeed, a wise person that pursues peace in all situations. According to the verse above, it is how seeds of righteousness is sown. Isn’t it wonderful to know that as you are living in peace and making peace with others, that you sowing the seeds of the fruit of righteousness?
The point? Peace does not usually happen when someone insists on having the right-of-way.