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James 3: 17,18

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.

Read all of James Chapter 3 here

We don’t really need to belabor the point concerning the fruits of worldly wisdom; we have covered them quite thoroughly. Strife, jealousy, envy and discord are all fruits of the wisdom of the world. These are the things that destroy churches and destroy the work for The Kingdom New Testament churches are supposed to be doing.

Godly wisdom, on the other hand, builds peace; it builds edification; it builds unity. Godly wisdom results in New Testament churches moving forward in unity and truth to further the work of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

If a church’s work is based on the teachings of the Bible and on God’s work, there will be peace.

Isaiah 32:17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Jesus, of course, had this to say in the Beatitudes:

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

And, as has become habitual, we will close our scripture with some things Paul was inspired to say.

Philippians 2:1-4 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Here is a question for readers. Does wisdom from God include peace at any cost? James has answered that question already for us. The wisdom of God is first, pure; then it is peaceable. It is truth as presented in God’ Word which unifies us. In fact, the peace of the church takes second place to the purity of the church; it does not seem to be accidental that James talked about purity first, then peace.