Peace Sermon Illustrations

Peace Sermon Illustrations

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The Leper's Sure Hope

Lady Hosie of England, on a visit to China, visited the Leper Hospital at Hangchow. She had photographed a group of lepers, when down the stairs was helped an elderly woman in a most pitiable condition; her sightless eyes, without their Iids, were covered by a woolen mutch. A cry was raised that Chang Ma had missed having her picture taken, so the visitor prepared to take another with her in the midst. As she was focusing her camera, that worst leper of all started to sing, "There Is a Happy Land," and suddenly instead of poor lepers the visitor was seeing them as "saints in glory . . . , bright, bright as day." She was taken to see one who was dying, and wondered what she could say to him. Steadying her voice, she called to him with the politeness that China teaches, "Elder Brother, art thou at peace?" And from that frame, almost unrecognizable as human, with an affected tongue and from a lipless mouth, came a voice, cracked yet steadfast, "Yes, at peace, at peace. And I shall soon see my Lord."The Sunday School Visitor.

The Peace of God

There is what is called the "cushion of the sea." Down beneath the surface that is agitated with storms, and driven about with high winds, there is a part of the sea that is never stirred. When we dredge the bottom and bring up the remains of animal and vegetable life, we find that they give evidence of not having been disturbed for hundreds of years. The peace of God is that eternal calm which lies far too deep down in the praying soul to be reached by any external disturbance.—A. T. Pierson.

Peace Found in Him

From very ancient times the hearts of men have longed for peace. Not merely that there shall be no more war, though that too; but more particularly peace of mind and heart. In the early days of Israel we have the benediction, "The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." The Sanskrit invocations end with, "Peace, Peace, Peace." The Mohammedan greeting is, as of old, "Peace be upon thee."

Where can we secure this peace that men have longed for through many cen­turies? The answer is given us in the words of the Master: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you... These things have I spoken unto you, chat in Me ye might have peace." The peace that brings calm to the soul, even amid the storms that sweep over every life, is to be found in Him. It can be found nowhere else.Christian Observer.

The Spring Within

In some old castles are found deep wells meant to supply the garrison in time of siege. An aqueduct bringing water from without would be at the mercy of the enemy. But the foe has no power over the well inside. The peace the world seeks depends on one's surroundings, and in time of trouble its source is cut off; but the peace of Christ is a spring inside.The King's Business.

The Peace of Ryswick

On a house near Durham there is a Latin inscription to the effect that it was built "in the year 1697 of the peace of the Gospel, and in the first year of the peace of Ryswick." The latter is almost forgotten now, but, as Macaulay points out, it was considered most vital and permanent at the time; trade revived, the army was disbanded, and a happier era inaugurated. All in vain. The treaty proved ere long to be an idle basis of peace. For only the peace of the Gospel abides.—Sunday at Home.

Three Christian brothers met one day
To speak of things divine;
They had so much of Christ to say,
With joy their faces shine.
The first one said, `My brothers dear,
By virtue of Christ's blood,
My heart retains no guilty fear,
I now have "Peace with God".' (Rom. 5. 1)

The second brother answered bold,
`You lag on heaven's road;
I grasp the truth with higher hold,
I have the "peace of God".' (Phil. 4. 7)
The third dear brother drew up tall;
He laughed and scarce could cease:
`My brothers dear, I beat you all—
I have the "God of Peace.”

They all had peace, they all were right,
But peace in diverse measure;
The third had scaled the highest height
Of Heaven's exalted pleasure.—T. Baird

(1 Thess. 5. 13)

The people of Sahebjina Muvada, a hamlet with a population of 65, in Dahegam taluq, Ahmedabad district, has established a unique record of peaceful community life.

The humble, unsophisticated but greatly tolerant inhabitants of this village have not witnessed a single feud in the village during the past sixty years. Nor has any dispute reached the courts, as the villagers themselves ironed out their differences without any outside mediation.

The village has no panchayat, but their unity and organization enabled them to complete local development works costing over Rs. 32,000 in the last two years. Their own contribution amounted to more than Rs. 10,000.

Sahebjina Muvada has a small primary school, and now there is a proposal to construct a playground.

The above was reported in the Madras daily newspaper, 'The Mail'.

The above picture of peaceable living may well be taken as an object-lesson for us all. Would that every group of Christians in the land enjoyed the same tranquillity. We profess to have peace with God through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Peace is the Christian's birthright. 'Peace I leave with you: My peace I give unto you,' said the Saviour ere He left earth for Heaven. Time and again the Scriptures call us to a life of peaceful living. We profess to follow the Prince of Peace. When we keep close to Him our peace remains unbroken and unmarred. It is when Christians follow their Lord afar off that strife takes the place of peace, and calm tranquillity is interrupted by the storm.—Indian Christian

(John 14. 27; 1 Thess. 5. 13; 2 Thess. 3. 16)

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