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a powerful sermon, which if you be constantly preaching before those who are near you, will hardly miss of a good effect. Works are more palpably significant than words alone. Bp. Short.
What the world calls a shabby thing, the Christian should call a sinful thing. The morality of the Gospel is vastly more delicate and sensitive than the nicest principle of what men call honour; it requires us to consult in every thing the glory of God, and is therefore as abhorrent from trick and underhand dealing, as from robbery and extortion.
The daily round of duty is full of probation and discipline; it trains the will, heart, and conscience. We need not be prophets or apostles. The commonest life may be full of perfection. The duties of home are discipline for the ministries of heaven. A faithful servant has the heart of a son of God. A dutiful child lives in the spirit of adoption. An obedient wife exercises the whole grace of submission. A faithful pastor may labour in the spirit of an apostle; and a soul in wrongs and sufferings may gain a martyr's crown. It is especially the common, unnoticed duties of life which are the safest and most searching tests. They have no ostentation or excitement, but are done from inward force and a principle of duty. Seek God, then, continually in the even obedience of home, and in His presence at the altar, and He will lead you by the path of the sons of God to the peace His kingdom.
St. Paul in becoming perfect, attained happiness; but his primary aim was not happiness. The "mark" was perfection of character; the "prize" was blessedness. F. W. Robertson.
“If in our daily course our mind
New treasures still of countless price
"We need not bid, for cloister'd cell,
"The trivial round, the common task,
"Seek we no more; content with these,
"Only, O Lord, in Thy dear love
If we bear any honour and reverence, any love and affection to Christ; if we are at all sensible of our relations, our manifold obligations, our duties to our great Lord, our best friend, our
most gracious Redeemer; let us testify it by a zealous care to become like Him; let a lively image of His most righteous and innocent, most holy and pious, most pure and spotless life be ever present to our fancies, so as to inform our judgments, to excite our affections, to quicken our endeavours, to regulate our purposes, to correct our mistakes, to direct, amend, and sanctify our whole lives. Let us, with incessant diligence of study, meditate upon the best of histories, wherein the tenour of His Divine practice is represented to us; revolving frequently in our thoughts all the most considerable passages thereof, entertaining them with devout passions, impressing them in our memories, and striving to express them in our conversations. Let us endeavour continually to walk in the steps of our Lord, and to "follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth;" which that we may be able to do, do Thou, O blessed Redeemer, draw us, by the cords of Thy love; draw us, by the sense of Thy goodness; draw us, by the incomparable worth and excellency of Thy person; draw us, by the unspotted purity and excellency of Thy example; draw us, by the merit of Thy precious death, and by the power of Thy Holy Spirit; "draw us, good Lord, and we shall run after Thee." Dr. Isaac Barrow.
GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS, ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.