WHAT a lesson there is in Peter's exhortation to godliness, given in the third chapter of his first epistle: "For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. . . . And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?" It is a magnificent appeal for righteousness in thought and in word; and it conveys the distinct promise that those who are followers of good—those who think good thoughts, speak good words, and do good deeds—are protected.

Christ Jesus, whom Peter followed,—obediently followed after the Master left this earth,—had proved before the eyes of his disciples this very truth of the protecting power of right thinking which Peter voiced. Did not Jesus on one occasion pass through the midst of those who were incensed against him, and who would have taken him to his grievous hurt? "Moved with compassion," did he not touch without harm to himself the leper who had besought him to make him clean, before he, Jesus, uttered the memorable words, "I will; be thou clean," and healed the afflicted one? Was he not completely protected during the storm at sea, even amidst the fury of wind and wave? Yes, indeed. And did he not actually still the storm through the understanding he possessed of the omnipresence and omnipotence of God?

January 21, 1928

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