AFTER LOVE, WHAT?
After love comes peace. I have before remarked, a great many
people are trying to make peace. But that has already been done. God has not left it for
us to do; all that we have to do is to enter into it. It is a condition, and instead of
our trying to make peace and to work for peace, we want to cease all that, and sweetly
enter into peace.
If I discover a man in the cellar complaining because there is no light there, and because
it is cold and damp, I say: "My friend, come up out of the cellar. There is a good
warm sun up here, a beautiful spring day, and it is warm, it is cheerful and light; come
up, and enjoy it." Would he reply, "O, no, sir; I am trying to see if I can make
light down here; I am trying to work myself into a warm feeling." And there he is
working away, and he has been at it for a whole week. I can imagine my readers
smile; but you may be smiling at your own picture; for this is the condition of many whom
I daily meet who are trying to do this very thing - they are trying to work themselves
into peace and joyful feelings. Peace is a condition into which we enter; it is a state;
and instead of our trying to make peace, let us believe what Gods Word declares,
that peace has already been made by the blood of the Cross. Christ has made peace for us,
and now what He desires is that we believe it and enter into it. Now, the only thing that
can keep us from peace is sin. God turneth the way of the wicked upside down.
There is no peace for the wicked, saith my God. They are like the troubled sea that can
not rest, casting up filth and mire all the while; but peace with God by faith in Jesus
Christ - peace through knowledge of forgiven sin, is like a rock; the waters go dashing
and surging past it, but it abides. When we find peace, we shall not find it on the ground
of innate goodness; it comes from without ourselves, but into us. In the 16th chapter of
John and the 33d verse we read:
"These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace."
In me ye might have peace. Jesus Christ is the author of peace. He procured peace. His
gospel is the gospel of peace.
"Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be unto all people; for
unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior," and then came that chorus
from heaven "Glory to God in the highest; peace on earth." He brought peace.
"In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the
How true that in the world we have tribulation. Are you in tribulation? Are you in
trouble? Are you in sorrow? Remember this is our lot. Paul had tribulation, and others
shared in grief. Nor shall we be exempt from trial. But within, peace may reign
undisturbed. If sorrow is our lot, peace is our legacy. Jesus gives peace; and do you know
there is a good deal of difference between His peace and our peace? Any one can disturb
our peace, but they cant disturb His peace. That is the kind of peace He has left
us. Nothing can offend those who trust in Christ.
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