SER. II.'] PEACE IN CHRIST. 47
would "rather suffer affliction with the
people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of
sin for a season."1 Ah! how true it is,
that the pleasures of sin are but for a
season :—they are momentary. And be¬
sides, they leave an ' aching void' within.
They leave nothing to which the mind
can recur with pure and pleasing delight.
Not so with the peace of God. The
sweet tranquillity the believer enjoys
from a sense of pardon and acceptance
with his Maker, is rendered doubly pre¬
cious from the fact, that it is a pledge, a
foretaste of that eternal " rest that remains
for the people of God." Hence it is said
to be ' a peace that flows as a river.' As
a river flows onward and becomes wider
and deeper as it approaches the ocean into
which it is ultimately lost; so does the
peace which Jesus gives, flow on pleas¬
antly in the soul, increasing in its depth,
expanding in its onward course, until it
1 Heb. xi., 25.