The peace which the gospel brings and speaks to the heart will make the creature ready to wade through any trial or trouble that meets him in his Christian course.  He who enjoys in his bosom the peace of the gospel is the person, and the only person, that stands shod for all ways, prepared for all troubles and trials.  None can make a shoe to the creature’s foot so as he shall go easy on a hard way but Christ.  He can do it to the creature’s full content.  And how doth He it?  Truly no other way than by underlaying it or, if you will, lining it, with the peace of the gospel.  What though the way be set with sharp stones?  If this shoe go between the Christian’s foot and them, they cannot much be felt.  Solomon tells us that the ways of wisdom – that is, Christ – “are ways of pleasantness.”  But how so, when some of them are ways of suffering?  The next words resolve it: “and all her paths are peace” (Proverbs 3.17).  Where there is peace – such peace as peace with God and conscience – there can want no pleasure.

From: The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall; reprint; 2 volumes in 1 (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers Marketing, LLC, 2010), 1:580-581.

William Gurnall (1616-1679) was the Anglican rector at Lavenham, England (1644-1679).  The Christian in Complete Armor is his only book.


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