But 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. James 3:17 NIV 1984
The complexity of leadership in today’s ever-changing contexts calls for wisdom from Him who is its source. Kingdom leaders desperately need wisdom as they seek to navigate the social and legal challenges of our day.
But, what does godly wisdom look like? James describes seven characteristics that paint a picture for Kingdom leaders on how to gauge your leadership (and others) against the standards of wisdom from heaven.
The second manifestation of godly wisdom is that it’s peace-loving.
Wise leaders build harmony as they lead, not divisions, factions, or parties. They seek unity, not uniformity. They seek to create oneness, for they recognize that a tactic of our adversary is to divide and conquer.
Paul addresses this sectarianism in Corinth where he chastises those who claim allegiance to Christ. “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?” 1 Corinthians 3:1-4 ESV
This demonstration of wisdom seeks to live at peace with everyone, if possible (see Romans 12:18). Wise Kingdom leaders are not looking for a fight or are they pugilistic in attitude. But, note that this passage does not say that wise leaders are conflict avoiders. It does say, do what you can to live at peace with all. Then, having done all you can to live at peace, stand and face the threat, trusting Him to empower you and work out the consequences for His glory. “But the Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.” Isaiah 50:7 ESV
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 ESV