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God never says "Peace, peace; when there is no peace." "Think not," said Christ, "that I came to send peace on the earth;" he came to save men from their sins. If they are not willing to be delivered from the power of sin, then peace is for them impossible. The world will enter into peace only when it enters into the purposes of God.

Let us come back to the New Testament, and let us start with the angels' song. Many of us have gone astray at the very beginning. We lost the path the first step we took. We listened to the song of the angels, and there was in it no moral discrimination, no ethical judgment, no lifting of humanity to a rigorous self-examination. It was only a broad and loose benediction thrown out sentimentally round all the world. Read the song again. Peace on earth among men in whom God is well pleased. There is no song, no promise, no benediction for anybody else except those who in their hearts are attuned to the nature of God. Jesus himself lived in the midst of conflict, but his heart was kept in perfect peace. From the midst of the whirlwind of hate which was blowing him toward Golgotha he said to the men who were nearest to him, "My peace I give unto you." [Bernard Iddings Bell in The Atlantic Monthly]

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