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fort. Why, then, shall I be disquieted and cast down?

R. W. Evans.

Trust in God gives us a most profound rest and peace of mind, delivers us from all careful and solicitous thoughts for times to come, which are often more terrible than the evils we fear; it teaches us to do our duty with the best prudence and industry we can, but to leave all events to God's disposal ; to make known our requests to God, and to “cast all our care upon Him, for He careth for us.


To trust Providence is not to trust in God that He will do that particular thing for us which we desire ; but to trust ourselves and all our concerns with God, to do for us in every particular case which we recommend to His care what He sees best and fittest for us in such cases.

Such a general trust and affiance in God is a much more excellent virtue and does much more honour to the Divine Nature than merely to trust His promise which secures us of the event. For to trust God to choose our condition for us, to do either what we desire or what He likes better, argues such entire dependence on God, and such absolute resignation to His will, that it is impossible a creature can express greater veneration for the Divine perfections.


Blessed are the

poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matt. v. 3.


Blessed are the meek : for they shall inherit the earth.

Matt. v. 5.

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted,

I and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matt. xviii. 3, 4.

Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your

minister; Ånd whosoever will be chief among you, let him be


servant : Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.

Matt. xx. 26-28.

Neither be ye called masters : for one is your Master, even Christ.

But he that is greatest among you shall be

your servant.

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased ; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Matt. xxiii. 10-12.

So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. Luke xvii. 10.

Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous :

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Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing ; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile :

Let him eschew evil, and do good ; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

1 Pet. iii. 8-12.

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Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility : for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1 Pet. v. 5.

Hate and despise all human glory, for it is nothing else but human folly. It is the greatest snare and the greatest betrayer that you can possibly admit into


heart. Love humility in all its instances, practise it in all its parts, for it is the noblest state of the soul of man; it will set your heart and affections right towards God, and fill you with every temper that is tender and affectionate towards men.

Let every day therefore be a day of humility ; condescend to all the weaknesses of your fellowcreatures, cover their frailties, love their excellences, encourage their virtues, relieve their wants, rejoice in their prosperity, compassionate their distress, receive their friendship, overlook their

their cure.

unkindness, forgive their malice, be a servant of servants, and condescend to do the lowest offices to the lowest of mankind.

Aspire after nothing but your own purity and perfection.

The greatest trial of humility is an humble behaviour towards your equals, in age, estimate, and condition of life. Therefore be careful of all the motions of your heart towards them. Let all your

behaviour towards them be governed by unfeigned love. Have no desire to put any of your equals below you, nor any anger at those who would put themselves above you. If they are proud, they are ill of a very bad distemper; let them therefore have your tender pity, and perhaps your meekness may prove an occasion of

But if your humility should do them no good, it will, however, be the greatest good that you can do to yourself.

Law. Nor must we look upon our services (the best we are able to perform) as in themselves grateful or satisfactory : for all of them, if we mark them well, we shall find not only quite unprofitable to God, but very defective in many respects; for who can say he performs any thing both in kind, in manner, and degree, thoroughly right and good ; with that ardency of love he owes to God, with that purity of intention, with that earnest vigour of spirit, with that undistractedness of mind, with which he should perform it? No; in all our stock we cannot pick out a sacrifice entire and unblemished, such as God requires, such as duty exacts of us. They need therefore (all our services need) to be commended and completed by the beloved Son's perfectly wellpleasing performances; they need to be cleansed and hallowed by passing through the hands of our most holy and undefiled High Priest ; to become sweet and savoury (or to receive that dousy eiwdías which St. Paul speaks of) from being offered up in His censer. In fine, as all our actions should, in our intention, be works of religion dedicated to God's service and honour; services and sacrifices, as it were, of gratitude and homage to God; so they ought all to be offered up in the name of Jesus.

Dr. Isaac Barrow.

Humility is the life and soul of piety. Law.

CHARITY. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matt. v. 9.

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them : for this is the law and the prophets. Matt. vii. 12.

A new commandment I give unto you,

That ye love one another; as I have loved


that ye

also love one another:

By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John xiii. 34, 35.

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

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