If we want to cultivate peace in our lives, we need to pray for wisdom. James tells us, ‘The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.’ (James 3:17-18)

James is clear that godly wisdom is very different from the world’s wisdom, which is fuelled by envy and selfish ambition. We need wisdom to know the difference. Today, we must ask ourselves if we are motivated by envy and selfish ambition or by pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful attitudes. The Bible tells us that we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7), so it is vital that we sow good and godly things in order to reap a harvest of righteousness and to live in peace.