The calling of the Gentilles, the spread of the Gospel, and that far more extensive preaching of it yet to come, are foretold. Let Christians strengthen one another, and support one another. It is God who teaches his people, by his Word and Spirit. Christ promotes peace, as well as holiness. If all men, were real Christians, there could be no war; but nothing answering to these expressions has yet taken place on the earth. Whatever others do, let us walk in the light of this peace, let us remember that when true Christianity flourishes, men delight in going up to the house of the Lord and in urging others to accompany them. Those are in danger who please themselves with strangers to God, for we soon learn to follow the ways of persons who company we keep. It is not having silver and gold, horses and chariots, that displeases God, but depending upon them, as if we could not be safe and easy, and happy without them, and could not but be so with them.
Sin is a disgrace to the poorest and the lowest. And though lands called Christians are not full of idols, in the literal sense, are they not full of idolized riches? And are not men so busy about their gains and indulgences, that the Lord, his thuths, and precepts, are forgotten or despised?
Isaiah 2: 4 ” And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation; neither shall they learn war any more. “
Glorious Father, We pray that you will provide us with your indwelling peace. May your peace keep us reconciled to the decline of years, and enable us to bear the earthly separation from those whom we love. May we always have hope and trust in Jesus Christ. Amen!