by Ike Reighard

A Heart of Peace Wonderful Prince of Peace
Ike Reighard
Job 22:21-30; Isaiah 9:6
January 2, 1994


Of all of the gifts you could receive this Christmas or any Christmas for that matter, the greatest gift would be PEACE.

In a manger in Bethlehem, God gave his gift of peace, in an incarnate fashion, when Jesus was born. The peace that is talked about here is the Hebrew term SHALOM. This is an inner peace. It is not dependent on external circumstances, it is dependent upon internal conditioning.

Thomas Carlyle once spent 4 years in diligent writing to produce a great manuscript. He handwrote each page and finally, 48 months later, completed his project. He took the manuscript to his friend, John Stuart Mill, and asked him to read it.

Mr. Mill took several days to read the lengthy work and concluded that it was a masterpiece. It was late at night when Mr. Mill finished the last handwritten page and laid the manuscript by his chair in the den. The next morning the maid came and saw the discarded papers and threw them into the fire. Mr. Mill was devastated. He crossed the field and told Carlyle that his years of work had been destroyed. Carlyle said, "It's all right. I am sure I can start over in the morning and do it again." As Mill left, Carlyle said to his wife, "I feel so sorry for him. I did not want him to see how crushed I really am." Then sighing he said, "Well, the manuscript is gone, so I better start writing again." Thomas Carlyle walked away from his disappointment. There are times in our life to get up and get going and let the past be passed.

Psalms 37:4 -- "Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give thee the desires of thy heart."

Learn to believe that the best will work out.

Robert Louis Stephenson -- "Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or in misfortune at their own private pace like the ticking of a clock during a thunderstorm."

I. Jesus is Peace Personified.

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