Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid—John 14: 27.
The more we overcome the world, the flesh and the devil, the more we seek to do the will of our Father who is in heaven, the more we seek for the fellowship and communion of our dear Redeemer, the more we seek to do those things which are pleasing in His sight, so much the more will we have of the joy and peace which no man takes from us, and which trials, difficulties and persecutions can only make the more sweet and precious. "Ye now therefore have sorrow; but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you" (John 16: 22).
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Peace is rest of heart and mind. In the first instance, it arises from the consciousness of the forgiveness of our sins through the merit of Christ, giving us peace with God. In the second instance, it arises from a consciousness of our harmony with the good will of God in sanctification, giving the peace of God. In neither sense should we permit anything to drive it from our hearts, but hold ourselves in rest with, and in God.
Parallel passages: Job 34: 29; Psa. 4: 8; 25: 12, 13; 85: 8; 119: 165; 125: 1; Prov. 3: 17, 24; Isa. 26: 3; 28: 12; 32: 2, 17, 18; 53: 5; Matt. 11: 28-30; John 16: 33; Rom. 5: 1; 8: 6; 14: 17; 15: 13, 33; Eph. 2: 14, 17; Phil. 4: 6, 7, 9; Col. 3: 15; 2Thes. 3: 16.
Questions: Have I been fully resting in the Lord this week? Under what circumstances? What aided or hindered? What were the results?
A LITTLE WHILE
A LITTLE while, our warfare shall be over;
A little while, our tears be wiped away;
A little while, the power of Jehovah
Shall turn our darkness into gladsome day.
A little while, the fears that oft surround us
Shall to the memories of the past belong;
A little while, the love that sought and found us
Shall change our weeping into Heaven's glad song.
A little while! 'Tis ever drawing nearer—
The brighter dawning of that glorious day.
Blest Savior, make our spirit's vision clearer,
And guide, O guide us in the shining way!
A little while, O blessed expectation!
For strength to run with patience, Lord, we cry;
Our hearts up-leap in fond anticipation;
Our union with the Bridegroom draweth nigh.
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