“And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” (James 3:18) I just love this verse, but it is so closely connected to verse seventeen, that I will need to back up to connect the two verses. “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.” (James 3:17) It appears that this fruit of righteousness is a result of practicing the heavenly wisdom described the previous verse.
So, it seems here that wisdom bears the fruit of righteousness which can then be replanted for an ongoing and continuous harvest. This wise and peaceful seed is planted by those that make peace a priority in their lives. Fruit is an effect, advantage, profit, or result of an action. (Strong’s Concordance/ godrules.net)
Since this process is ongoing and circular, it can almost be difficult to find the starting point, like the proverbial chicken and egg. But could it be possible that the last word “peace” is really the first cause? If I make peace, plus follow those tips and strategies from that heavenly wisdom, I will harvest righteousness. Then I can replant that harvest in peace, and the process starts all over again.
So, is peace really that first cause? Does peace free my life to follow wisdom and then sow again the results of that wisdom and peace? I think, yes! I can create a regular harvest of peace and wisdom to sustain and nourish my life.