And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. – (James 3:18, NLT)
People who work for peace in a peaceful way get the blessings that come from right living. – (James 3:18, ERV)
And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness. – (James 3:18, TLB)
The pursuit of peace can often seem like a daunting dream, especially when one is surrounded by a vast array of needs and personalities that are vying for attention. Each seed planted is not spread in vain, as the unexpected moments of goodness that crop up when least expected, are reminders that choosing to sow seeds of peace is worthwhile. May we ever pursue the path of peacemakers, for His goodness granted is worth the time and effort spent in sowing seeds of peace.
Be not discouraged,
All seekers of peace;
For each those who sow,
Will find sweet relief.
For God is faithful,
To honor with good;
All those who’ve planted,
Peace seeds as He would.
We’re not meant to live,
In turmoil, dissent;
We’re crafted for peace,
His love knows no end.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have created us to be peacemakers who sow seeds of peace in places of turmoil. Thank You that as we continue to extend Your peace in places of unrest, we begin to see Your goodness rise up. Forgive us for the times that we succumb to the unrest or walk away from the spaces that we are meant to stay. Teach us to trust You more so that we would bring peace to the places that are unsettled and in desperate need of You. Show us how to love others well, so that our words and deeds plant seeds of Your peace in their hearts. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we go forth as peacemakers, sowing seeds of peace. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9