And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of
them that make peace. — James 3:18

I was somewhat puzzled when my friend said she was going to “make nice.” The English teacher in me resisted the urge to ask, Don’t you mean “be nice”?

The more I watched my friend’s life, the more I realized she was correct. She used the term “make nice” whenever she went out of her way to be kind. She frequently made nice to those who had not treated her well. Her life demonstrated that making nice involved making relationships work and resolving conflict.

Notice how James refers to peace — he wrote about those who make peace.

We sometimes think of peace as the absence of conflict. Let’s be real, though. How often is your life totally free from conflict? Most of us need to work at making peace in both our heavenly and earthly relationships.

In what areas of your life do you need to make peace? Reflect on how you would fill in this blank: I need to be at peace with ________________.

GOD, HELP ME MAKE PEACE, ESPECIALLY WITH (name a
situation or a person with whom you need to
make peace).

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