Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 23, 2022

“Blessed are the peacemakers” – “Seek peace and pursue it.” – “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable” – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 31:43-45.

“Then Laban replied to Jacob, “The daughters are my daughters, and the children are my children, and the flocks are my flocks, and all that you see is mine.  But what can I do this day to these my daughters or to their children whom they have borne?  So now come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.”  Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.  Jacob said to his kinsmen, “Gather stones.”  So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.  Now Laban called it Jegar-sahadutha, but Jacob called it Galeed.  Laban said, “This heap is a witness between you and me this day.”  Therefore it was named Galeed, and Mizpah, for he said, “May the LORD watch between you and me when we are absent one from the other.  If you mistreat my daughters, or if you take wives besides my daughters, although no man is with us, see, God is witness between you and me.”  Laban said to Jacob, “Behold this heap and behold the pillar which I have set between you and me.  This heap is a witness, and the pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap and this pillar to me, for harm.  The God of Abraham and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge between us.”  So Jacob swore by the fear of his father Isaac.  Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his kinsmen to the meal;  and they ate the meal and spent the night on the mountain.  Early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and his daughters and blessed them.  Then Laban departed and returned to his place.”  Genesis 31:43-45.  


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

“Depart from evil and do good;
Seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14.

“Her ways (wisdom’s ways) are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.” Proverbs 3:17.

“Who among you is wise and understanding?  Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.  But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.  This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic.  For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.  And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  James 3:13-18.

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  …  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”  Galatians 5:16 and 22-24.


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