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“And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18).

Often, the simple way of going about things is the last that is used.  Christianity is not an outside in, but inside out way of life.  The way to begin being Christian is to act as if you already were, so that it becomes a habit.  The way to become a person of peace is to act as if you were a person of peace.  That small seed of acting will become the reality, for the Holy Spirit is always at work in you.

Lord, I often want either an instant fix, or else some difficult way to do things.  Help me to put on peace and practice it as if thinking it were already mine.  Help me to do this with all things that You are calling for me to do in order that I may grow into the faith You have given me.  Help me to stop wanting instant fixes and instead, walk humbly step by step, in the way of everlasting life.

Lord Jesus, You have come to clear the field that I may enter it and begin the work of living a new life.  By Your grace I can put these things into action as if they were already mine.  Lead me, Lord, in the way of life so that I may now and always grow in the upward way.  Help me to live according to Your goodness and mercy and become the kind of person You are making me to be.  Amen.