By Hugh Binning
Charity follows peace with all men, as much as is possible, (Hebrews 12:14) “If it be possible as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men,” (Romans 12:18). Many spirits are predisposed for contention. If peace follows them, they will flee from it. But a Christian having made peace with God, the sweet fruit of that upon his spirit is to dispose him to a peaceable and quiet humility to others, and if peace flee from him, to follow after it, not only to entertain it when it is offered, but to seek it when it is away, and to pursue it when it runs away. (Psalm 34:14), which Peter urges upon Christians, “Finally, be all like-minded, compassionate, loving as brothers, tenderhearted, courteous, not rendering evil for evil, or insult for insult; but instead blessing; knowing that to this you were called, that you may inherit a blessing. For, “He who would love life, and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it.” (1st Peter 3:8-11)
I think, since we obtained the mercy to get a Peace maker between us and God, we should from then count ourselves bound to be peace makers among men. And truly such have a blessing pronounced upon them, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) because he is “the God of peace,” and to resemble him in these, first in purity, then in peace, is a character of his image. It is true, peace will sometimes flee so fast, and so far away, as a Christian cannot follow it without sin, and that is breach of a higher peace. But charity, when it cannot live in peace without, then lives in peace within, because it has that sweet testimony of conscience, that, as far as did lie in it, peace was followed without.
Divine wisdom, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17) If wisdom is peaceable and not pure, it is but a carnal conspiracy in iniquity, earthly and sensual. But if it is pure it must be peaceable. For the wisdom descending from above has a purity of truth, and a purity of love, and a purity of the mind and of the affection too.
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