We need inner peace in this turbulent world
By Isaac Silas
Every human being longs for peace and happiness. We need a daily dose of love to live happily and gain strength to face our daily struggles and survive in this turbulent world. As we stand at the beginning of the third millennium, it seems like this joy is slipping out of our grasp. The family circle is threatened, violence scares us, and we are in deep spiritual void in our society. We wonder why so many young people fall in to drug addiction and why so many commit suicides, the reality is that they feel empty and lonely even though many do not want to admit it, we have great need for God. The supreme creator desires our good, happiness, and our progress. As touching brotherly love, you need not that I write unto you: for you are taught of God to love one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:9.
Truth, precious truth, is to sanctify, subdue, refine, elevate, and finally to exalt us to a seat at the right hand of the Majesty of heaven. Shall we grow feeble in spiritual power for want of exercise? Shall we go day after day without a marked and clear experience in the religious life because we permit our minds to be absorbed in worldly business?
Here, my dear brothers and sisters, is our danger. Here are the wiles of Satan entangling us. Let no emulation or strife separate your heart and affections from your brethren. Let no selfish feelings or jealousy find a place in your heart. Empty it of all these things. Cultivate love, confidence, and trust. Live up to the Bible standard. Religion will always fail to meet the existential questions in life if it draws aside from the only book capable of giving satisfactory answers. If we take the Bible and accommodate it in our own understanding, choosing what suits our lifestyle and wishes only but fail to confirm to the eternal word of God, then it is worth nothing. Religion, my brethren, is not as some take it, head work, theory. It must be practically carried out in all the byways and broadways of life. It must regulate the life as well as to convince the mind. It alone must purify the heart. God requires everyone who professes His name to be good citizens and that the life of strict integrity and pure devotion should leave a bright light to the world.
We should carry out the light God has given us, show in kindly acts and words and unselfish acts our true interest and affection. All the advances we make will be reflected back on us. Be firm, strong, loving and united in the closest bonds of brotherly love.
“Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines. He that says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loves his brother abides in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness, and knows not whither he goes, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.” 1 John 2:8-11. “[Let] love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another… Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. [Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12: 9, 10, 14-21
“Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against you, because you have left your first love.” Rev 2:4. Is not this our case? Our doctrines may be correct; we may hate false doctrine, and may not receive those who are not true to principle; we may labor with untiring energy; but even this is not sufficient. What is our motive? Why are we called upon to repent? – “You have left your first love.”
“Let all study this important warning and reproof. Let each one see if in contending for the truth, if in debating on the theory, he has not lost the tender love of Christ. Has not Christ been left out of the sermons, and out of the heart? Is there no danger that many are going forward with a profession of the truth, doing missionary work, while the love of Christ has not been woven into the labor? This solemn warning from the True Witness means much; it demands that you shall remember from whence you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; “or else,” says the True Witness, “I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent” (Revelation 2:5). O that our people might realize its need of their first ardor of love! When this is wanting, all other excellences are insufficient. The call to repentance is one that cannot be disregarded without peril. A belief in the theory of the truth is not enough. To present this theory to unbelievers does not constitute you a witness for Christ. The light that gladdened your heart when you first understood the message for this time is an essential element in your experience and labors, and this has been lost out of your heart and life. Christ beholds your lack of zeal, and declares that you have fallen, and are in a perilous position.
“Finally, [be you] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that you are thereunto called, that you should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil. And who [is] he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?” 1 Peter 3:8-13. Yours in Christ.
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