For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (James 3:16-18 ESV)
Hymn ELH 421:1,3 We Are Called by One Vocation
We are called by one vocation,
Members of one family,
Heirs through Christ of one salvation,
Let us live in harmony;
Nor by strife embitter life,
Journeying to eternity.
Let us shun all vain contention
Touching words and outward things,
Whence, alas! so much dissension
And such bitter rancor springs;
Troubles cease, where Christ brings peace
And sweet healing on His wings.
Heavenly Father, give me wisdom and help me to live peacefully with others. Let Your Word be the basis for all my thoughts and actions. Help me to show in my life the joy I have in the forgiveness Jesus earned for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.