The Profile of a Peacemaker (Wed. Feb. 10)

The word of the day is “peace.”  Strife and contention are predominant in human society.  But in contrast to this way of the world, the Lord said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children on God (Matt.5:9).  Our reading of James  3:11-4:6 speaks about the work of peacemakers saying, “the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (3:18).  Today’s commentary will sketch a profile of the peacemaker based on the apostle’s analysis of the source of human discord. The Source of Human Discord To outline the characteristics of peacemakers, we begin with the apostle’s question, “Where do wars and fights come from among you” (4:1)?  The Orthodox Study Bible translates “wars”…