Read: James 4:1-10
The documentaries of World War I and World War II clearly portray the cost of war. Those costs include monetary expense, destruction of property, economic interruption, and the greatest cost being loss of human life. Both soldiers and civilians pay the ultimate price, multiplied exponentially by the grief of the survivors. War is costly.
When believers go to war with one another, the cost is also high. James wrote, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?” (James 4:1). In our own selfish pursuits, we sometimes battle without considering the price exacted on our witness to the world or our relationships with one another. Perhaps that is why James preceded these words with the challenge, “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18).
If we are to represent the Prince of Peace in our world, believers need to stop fighting with one another and practise peace. Jesus Himself said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matt. 5:9). When Christians are at peace with one another, the world can more clearly see the Prince of Peace.