The Conditions of Peace
He . . . came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas . . .
and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
In a world like ours, with conditions being what they are, what should a serious-minded man or woman do?
First, accept the truth concerning yourself. You do not go to a doctor to seek consolation, but to find out what is wrong and what to do about it.
Then seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Seek through Jesus Christ a right relationship to God and then insist upon maintaining a right relation to your fellow man.
Set about reverently and honestly to amend your doings. Magnify God, mortify the flesh, simplify your life. Take up your cross and learn of Jesus Christ, to die to this world that He may raise you up in due time.
If you will do these things in faith and love, you will know peace—the peace of God that passes all understanding.
You will know joy—the joy of resurrection. You will know too the comfort of the indwelling Spirit of God, for you have sought to do the will of God at any price!
Dear Lord, teach me and my family what it means to both live in this world and at the same time “die to this world” for the sake of Christ.