Friday, December 15, 2006

World Concord

And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)

Oh, that these happy times were come! At present the nations are
heavily armed and are inventing weapons more and more terrible, as if the
chief end of man could only be answered by destroying myriads of his
fellows. Yet peace will prevail one day; yes, and so prevail that the
instruments of destruction shall be beaten into other shapes and used for
better purposes.

How will this come about? By trade? By civilization? By arbitration? We
do not believe it. Past experience forbids our trusting to means so
feeble. Peace will be established only by the reign of the Prince of
Peace. He must teach the people by His Spirit, renew their hearts by His
grace, and reign over them by His supreme power, and then will they cease
to wound and kill. Man is a monster when once his blood is up, and only
the Lord Jesus can turn this lion into a lamb. By changing man's heart,
his bloodthirsty passions are removed. Let every reader of this book of
promises offer special prayer today to the Lord and Giver of Peace that
He would speedily put an end to war and establish concord over the
whole world.


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