“In Me You May Have Peace”

By Curt Darling

Many efforts of mankind have an aim of bringing a lasting peace to this earth. Yet, in spite of all these efforts, there is still no true satisfaction or peace in the hearts of men. Nowhere in the universe can real and lasting peace be found but in God. He alone is the Author of such peace.

We may pretend – as was the case many years ago with the people who said, “Peace, peace! When there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14 nkjv). It was sin that destroyed peace and made us the enemies of God. It is sin also that makes men fight and kill each other, and commit all sorts of wrong deeds. So this vital question of sin must be settled before we can have real peace with God and peace among ourselves. We can pretend we are happy, but remember that “‘there is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked’” (Isa. 57:21).

You may have experienced a little temporary peace and happiness now and then, but only Christ, who is called in the Bible the “Prince of Peace” (9:6), can bring true peace within your own heart. He died on the cross for your sin. The prophet Isaiah said long ago, “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; … He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (53:4-5).

You may have this peace by acknowledging your true condition as a sinner and accepting Christ as your Savior. It is not through any effort of man that peace is acquired. Rather, believe what God is saying to you in His Word, the Bible. Only then will you receive everlasting life, happiness and real peace. Jesus said, “These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace” (Jn. 16:33). We can tell you more.

He Lost His Treasure!

Beneath the gleaming sun a passenger ship slipped smoothly through the tranquil sea. Very near to the railing a passenger amused himself by repeatedly tossing an object into the air and catching it – an object that sparkled with an extraordinary brilliance as the sun’s rays touched it. The man’s attention was riveted on this shining object each time he tossed it into the air. Another passenger who watched approached him and asked:

“What is this that you toss into the air and catch so carelessly?

“It’s a diamond. Here, look at it.”

“Is it worth much?”

“Yes, it is extremely valuable. Look at its color and size. Actually, everything I own in the world I have invested in this diamond. I’m headed to a new country in search of a fortune. I sold everything I owned and invested the money in this diamond in order to carry it easily.”

“If it is as valuable as you say, doesn’t it seem risky to toss it into the air so near the railing?” asked the other passenger.

“No, there’s no risk. I’ve been doing this for half an hour.”

“But there could come the moment when you toss it for the final time,” said the other.

The man smiled and continued tossing and catching it. Once more he tossed it – the extremely precious stone sparkled dazzlingly as the sun’s rays embraced it – but this time it fell just out of his reach. The man reached out his hand as far as he was able over the railing, but he could not grasp it. A small plop on the surface of the water momentarily marked the spot where it fell. The diamond’s owner, after a stunned moment, cried out in anguish, “I’ve lost it! I’ve lost it! I’ve lost it! I’ve lost everything I had in this world!”

You might say that no one is so foolish, that this story cannot be real. But yes, it is real – and it is quite possible that it is your own story. The sea is time, and the destiny toward which you travel is eternity. The boat in which you travel is this life. The diamond is your soul with which you are carelessly playing. Permit me to repeat the story like this:

“Friend, what is that you have in your hand with which you are playing so carelessly?”

“It’s my soul.”

“Is it worth much?”

“More than everything else.”

“Don’t you think you are running a huge risk of losing your soul?”

“Oh, no!” you say, and you continue to toss your soul up over the ocean of time. But the moment will come when you can no longer catch it. No matter how hard you try, it will be impossible to rescue it. Your soul will have been submerged in the depths of desperation and you will exclaim: “I’m lost! I’m lost! I’m lost!”

Such will be your cry one day, perhaps very soon, unless you put your soul in a secure place: in the care of the Son of God.

“What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mt. 16:26 NKJV).

Why not surrender your soul to the Lord Jesus Christ right now? We can tell you how.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (Jn. 10:28).

To You With Love

By Samuel Rice

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” —John 3:16 NKJV

God’s Choice
God has made a choice! He has chosen to love you as His special object. This love was not forced out of Him. It was His free choice. But what kind of love is it? It is in perfection, without measure or limit!

God’s Object 
Whom does He love? “The world” – every human being that has ever lived or will live. It does not matter who you are or what you have done. Your feelings and circumstances do not matter. He is reaching out to you with His love. He really loves you.

But you may say, “I have rejected God in the past and I have rebelled against His absolute standards. I have refused His love and grace again and again.” Listen! No matter the sin, the evil, the willfulness or the unrighteousness in our lives, God still loves you very much.

God’s Gift 
How can I be sure that He loves me? God gave His Son! The Lord Jesus has always been supremely special to God the Father. Love at its best has been their eternal, mutual delight. But as God looked He could see no such relationship with us; the receiving and returning of His love was not there. God could have accepted the distance and allowed us to suffer the ultimate consequence of our attitude and actions; but no! He chose to send His Son to bring about a happy relationship between God and us.

The Lord Jesus came to reach us, suffer for us and accept complete responsibility for all our sins and sinfulness. On the cross He bore the just consequences for all that was lacking in me. God’s love desired the best for me and was willing to pay its full price, giving all that it could. God gave Himself in the person of His Son, who had become man. The Lord Jesus gave all that He could: He gave His life. God the Father and God the Son held nothing back, showing how much They love us.

Your Choice 
God gave His Son that we might believe His love for us. He chose to reach out to us in the greatest possible expression of love, perfectly demonstrating all that was in His heart. He wants us to accept His love and believe in His Son.

Are you willing to believe that God loves you no matter what? Are you willing to receive His gift of love and allow Him to claim you as His very own, fulfilling all His desires for you? True love always seeks the best for the one it loves. His desire is that you might have everlasting life – life at its very best and eternally enjoyed. However, love leaves it entirely up to the one it loves to accept and return it. God has left the choice to you.

No Choice 
To refuse His love is to refuse the very best that God could offer you. It is to reject His goodness, grace and love, to walk away from His forgiveness to face all the righteous consequences of your sin and sins. It is to choose an eternal distance between yourself and God. It is to perish. In this you would leave God with no choice!

Instead, turn to Him now and tell Him that you accept His love with all that it desires. His love wants you to turn from all that is unlike His mind. This is repentance. His love wants you by faith to accept His eternal fellowship of love. Accept it now! 

We can tell you how.