Sowing & Reaping: Fruit Of Righteousness

What we desire to reap will be determined by our choice of seeds to sow. James 3:18 says, “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” Here are some seeds of peace that we can sow.

Romans 12:18 says, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Titus 3:2 says, “To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle showing all humility to all men.”

How does this practically work? When we live under the control of the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to lead us, He will always set our feet onto the path of righteousness. When our flesh rises up, we must instantly conform our next thoughts to God’s perfect way.

I read this in Matthew Henry’s commentary many years ago. Proverbs 15:1, “If wrath be risen like a threatening cloud, pregnant with storms and thunder, a soft answer will disperse it and turn it away.” I love the word picture.

Proverbs 25:15 Amplified says, “By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.” Proverbs 29:11 says, “A (self-confident) fool utters all his anger, but a wise man holds it back and stills it.”

We have a strategic part. It takes two to quarrel. It doesn’t work with just one person. Proverbs 26:21 Amplified say, “As coals are to hot embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man to inflame strife.”

Proverbs 17:1 says, “Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.” Proverbs 15:18 Amplified says, “A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger appeases contention.”

One of the ways that our trials train us is by sitting still in the Presence of the Lord. He is our True Refuge in the midst of the storm. Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

James 1:5 alludes to the fact that during our trials we will have questions. We have never been this way before. All we have to do is to ask. He will give us His wisdom that will help us navigate through.

It is already stored up. It is part of our spiritual DNA. Proverbs 2:6-7 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”

Genesis 1:29 says that every herb will yield seed, and the trees that yield fruit will have a perpetuating seed within them. The harvest is in the seed. Let us sow for a harvest of righteousness!

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