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should be right within. It would be nothing to for me: I will wait for a cure, and wait for it in him to be applauded by the whole world, if he the appointed way. I see light and hope, and had not the approbation of God and his own con- liberty; and I thank God, that, if I am a sinner, science. Real religion is, therefore, a living prin- yet I am a saved sinner !" ciple. Any one may make a show, and be called a Christian, and unite himself to a sect, and be admired,—but, for a man to enter into the sanc God hath set the day of prosperity and the day of tuary; to hold secret communion with God; to re- adversity, the one over against the other—as the tire into his closet, and transact all his affairs with clouds are gathered, for rain, by the shining of the an unseen Saviour ; to walk with God like Enoch, sun : and, if for a moment they are blown aside, and yet to smite on his breast with the Publican, we must expect their return.—Where, in our sky, having no confidence in the flesh, and triumphing should we look for clouds ?-where it is brightest : only in Christ Jesus—these are the life and acts where our expectations are highest. Our sharpest of a new creature.

sorrows arise out of our sweetest comforts. Ra. chel said, Give me children, or else I die : and in

obtaining what she esteemed her highest comfort O LORD! let me have ANY THING but thy frown: —what she would have at any rate—was hidden and ANY THING, with thy smile !*

the cause of her sharpest grief. God gave her children ; and, in bearing her second child, it came

to pass, as her soul was departing (for she died) that WHATEVER, below God, is the object of our love, she called his name Ben-onithe son of my sorrow. will at some time or other, be the matter of our

sorrow.

Who is the most miserable man on earth? Take care, Christian ! whatever you meet with

and whither shall we go to seek him? Not to the When the proud and wealthy rush by in triumph, Sabbath after Sabbath under the awakening and in your way, that you forget not your FATHER! tavern! not to the theatre! not even to a brothel !

--but to the church! That man who has sat while you are poor and in sorrow, hear the voice of your Father saying, “ My son ! had I loved affecting calls of the gospel, and has hardened his them, I should have corrected them too. I give condition is the most desperate of all others.-

heart against these calls—HE is the man whose them up to the ways of their own hearts; but to my children, if I give sorrow, it is that I may lead Wo unto thee, Chorazin !' wo unto thee, Bethsaithem to a crown of glory that fadeth not away!” heaven, shall be thrust down to hell.

da !—and thou, Capernaum, which are exalted to

It is by faith that we contemplate unseen things. To the eye of a clown, a planet appears but a

Give every kind of knowledge its due attention twinkling star: but if he looked through a tele- and respect : but what science is to be compared scope, and were able to calculate, he would per- veller lost his way in soine desert, where he had

to the knowledge of Christ crucified? Had a tra. ceive that it was a great world, and would be astonished at its distance and magnitude. While wandered till he was fainting with hunger and the gay and the busy are moving on their little thirst, for what would he first ask ?-for music? mole-hills full of anxiety, faith thus reaches be

paintings ?-No!—he would ask for bread-for the world : it views death as at hand : it looks at water! Any thing else offered him would be a heaven, and catches a glimpse of its glory: it mocking of his misery. looks at hell and sees the torments of the con. demned: it looks at judgment and realizes that awful day: it looks at eternity, and says, Our light Christian's shoulders, by his privilege of leaving

What an oppressive burden is taken off a ajfliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for all consequences, while in the path of duty to God? us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory: He has done with how shall I bear this trouble!" while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things shall I get through this deep water ?”—but leaves

How shall I remove this difficulty ?"-"How which are seen are temporal, but the things which

himself in the hands of God. are not seen are eternal.

WHERE there is a real character, a man will not We may form some idea of the joys of heaven, sit down in the Christian conflict, and say, “ If I by the innocent pleasures which God grants us must carry about with me this body of death, I on earth. Here is a fine situation, with wondermust submit

. I must bear these enemies as quiet- ful prospects every thing to delight the senses : ly as I can.” No! he will say, as St. Paul seems yet all this we find in a world which is under a to say, “I will be on no terms with sin! I will curse! what then may we not expect in a heavenraise an outcry against the corrupt nature ! I will ly world, where God exercises all his power for triumph in my Physician! His grace is sufficient our blessedness ?

"Give what thou canst, without Thee we are poor! And with Thee rich, take what thou wilt away."

Corrper, Task. V. J. P. 111

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HOWEVER ill men may treat us, we should never give them a handle to say that we misbehaved our

selves. Were I to meet my most bitter adversary, ble danger. One of the most wicked men in my and know that he was come with the most mali- neighborhood was riding near a precipice, and cious intentions, I should endeavor to be so on fell over: his horse was killed, but he escaped my guard, that he could not lay his finger, with without injury: instead of thanking God for his {ruth, on any part of my conduct.

deliverance, he refused to achnowledge the hand of God therein: but attributed his escape to chance.

The same man was afterward riding on a very The motive determines the quality of actions. smooth road: his horse suddenly tripped and feli

, One man may do a penurious act, because he and threw his rider over his head, and killed him knows he shall be put to difficulties if he does not : on the spot, while the horse escaped unhurt. another may do the same from mere avarice.The king of Edom offered up his son on the wall, and his abominable cruelty excited just indigna If a man is dead in sin, our attempting to correct tion: but Abraham, having in intention offered up his false notions is like laying a dead man straight, his son, is held forth to all generations for this act | who before was lying crooked. The man is dead, as the father of the faithful.

and will remain so; though, before, he was lying

crooked, and is now lying straight. It matters It is always a sign of poverty of mind, where little what right notions we may have, while we men are ever aiming to appear great: for they, till God awakens our hearts.

are dead in sin ; for we shall never act up to them, who are really great, never seem to know it.

What the world calls the best company is such

To have too much forethought, is the part of a as a pious mechanic would not condescend to WRETCH ; to have too little, is the part of a FOOL. keep: he would rather say, Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity.

SELF-WILL is so ardent and active, that it will

break a world to pieces, to make a stool to sit on. ONE way of reading the Bible with advantage is, to pay it great homage: so that, when we come to any part which we cannot connect with other

We are too little acquainted with the sacred passages, we must conclude that this arises from character of God. A certain man sold a possession, our ignorance, but that the seeming contrarieties and brought a certain part of the price. We should are in themselves quite reconcilable.

have thought this a generous act : but God saw

that there wanted a right estimation of his chaYoung Christians on setting out in life, often nished hereafter : but God sometimes breaks out,

racter. Many sins are suffered to pass, to be pumistake greatly in not sufficiently attributing and strikes an offender dead in vindication of his events to the immediate providence of God. They own glory. are not reluctant, at the end, to acknowledge that their way has been directed: but they do not enough mark it as they go on. There is a habit

REMEMBER always to mix good sense with good of saying, "Such a thing may Tunn UP,” as if it things, or they will become disgusting. depended on chance; whereas nothing will turn up, but what was ordered long before. One cause of this evil is, that the divinity of our day deals Things are not to be done by the effort of the too much in common-place : certain fundamental moment, but by the preparation of past moments. truths are set forth : and if a man professes these truths, too little account is made of the faith, dependance, and other graces of a Christian. When a man becomes a Christian he is written upon, as that is the person of whom you ought never to

If there is any person to whom you feel dislike, it were, “ TO BE PROVIDED FOR !"—and he ought,

speak. therefore, to notice, as he goes on, how Providence does provide for him.

IRRITABILITY urges us to take a step as much Men mistake in nothing so much, as when they too soon, as sloth does too late. resist their dispensation ; for, while God shutteth up a man, there can be no opening. Resistance does but make the dispensation harder to be borne.

When we read the Bible we must always reJob says, He teareth himself in his anger : but shall member, that like the holy waters seen by Ezekiel,* the rock be removed because of thee ! The man is, it is in some places, up to the ankles ; in others, up as it were, in a labyrinth: and the hand, which to the knees ; in others, up to the loins ; and in some brought him in, must be the hand to conduct him a river too deep to be fathomed, and that cannot be out.

passed over. There is light enough to guide the humble and teachable to heaven, and obscurity

enough to confound the unbeliever. We require the same hand to protect us in apparent safety, as in the most imminent and palpa.

Ezek. ch. xlvii.

True religion as revealed in the Scriptures may: World; and the Book of Providence. Every oc. bc compared to a plum on the tree, covered with currence is a leaf in one of these books : it does its bloom. Men gather the plum, and handle it, not become us to be negligent in the use of any and turn and twist it about, till it is deprived of all of them. its native bioorn and beauty : the fairest hand would as much rob the plum of its bloom, as any other. Now all that little party-spirit, which so ELOQUENCE is vehement simplicty. much prevails among men, and which leads them to say, I am of Paul and I of Apollos——is but handling the plum till it loses its bloom.

God is omniscent as well as omnipotent; and omniscience may see reason to withhold what

omnipotence could bestow. THERE are but two classes of the wise: the men who serve God because they have found him: and the men who seek him, because they have ATTEND to the presence of God: this will digfound him not. All others may say, Is there not nify a small congregation, and annihilate a large a lie in my right hand ?

one.

PHILOSOPHY is a proud, sullen detecter of the HAVING some business to transact with a genpoverty and misery of man. It may turn him from tleman in the city, I called one day at his countthe world with a proud, sturdy contempt: but it ing house : he begged I would call again, as I had cannot come forward, and say, " Here are rest— so much more time to spare than he had, who was grace---peace-strength-consolation !"

a man of business. “An hour is nothing to you," said hem" An hour nothing to a clergyman!"

said I: "you seem little to understand the nature We hear much of a DECENT pride—a BECOMING of our profession. One hour of a clergyman's pride-a NOBLE pride—a LAUDABLE pride! Can time rightly employed, Sir, is worth more to hiin that be DECENT, of which we ought to be asham-than all the gains of your merchandise.” ed !-Can that be BECOMING, of which God has set forth the deformity.? -Can that be NOBLE, wnich God resists, and is determined to debase ? -Can that be LAUDABLE, which God calls abo- alone. The world will soon find him employment.

If a man has a quarrelsome temper, let him ininable.

He will soon meet with some one stronger than

himself, who will repay him better than you can. Many things are spoken of, in the Scriptures, as A man may fight duels all his life, if he is disposed good : but there is not one thing emphatically

to quarrel. called GOOD, which does not relate to Christ or his coming.

ONE day I got off my horse to kill a rat, which

I found on the road only half killed. I am shocked Say the strongest things you can, with candor at the thoughtless cruelty of many people, yet I and kindness, to a man's face ; and make the best did a thing soon after, that has given me considerexcuse you can for him, with truth and justice, able uneasiness, and for which I reproach myself behind his back.

bitterly. As I was riding homeward, I saw a wagon standing at a door with three horses; the

two foremost were eating their corn from bags at Many people labor to make the narrow way their noses; but I observed the third had dropt his wider. They may dig a path into the broad way; on the ground, and could not stoop to get any food. but the way to life must remain a narrow way to However, I rode on, in absence, without assisting the end.

him. But when I had got nearly home, I remembered what I had observed in my absence of

mind, and felt extremely hurt at my neglect: and All extremes are error. The reverse of error would have ridden back had I not thought the is not truth, but error. Truth lies between these wagoner might have come out of the house and extremes.

relieved the horse. A man could not have had a better demand for getting off his horse, than for

such an act of humanity. It is by absence of I HAVE no doubt, but that there are persons of mind, that we omit many duties. every description, under every possible circumstance, in every lawful calling among Christians, who will go to heaven—that all the world may A WICKED man is a candidate for nothing but see, that neither their circumstances nor calling hell !-However he may live, if his conscience prevented their being among the number of the were awake, he would turn pale at this question : blessed.

What shall I do in the end thereof ?

God has given us four books :—the Book of THERE is a great defect in Gray's Elegy. You Grace ; the Book of Nature ; the Book of the cannot read it without feeling a melancholy: there

is no sunshine-no hope after death: it shows the stop. He has not told us why he permitted the dark side only of mortality. But a man refined as angels to fall—why he created Adam-why he he was, and speculating on the bankruptcy of hu- suffered sin to enter into the world—why Christ man nature, if he brought not evangelical views came in the latter ages—when he will come to into the estimate, could describe human nature judgment—what will be the doom of the heathen only as HOPELESS and FORLORN : whereas what he nations nor why our state throughout eternity felt a subject of melancholy is with me included was made to depend on such a moment as man's in the calculation. I know it must be so, and, ac- life: all these are secrets of his council. Where cording to my views, should be disappointed if it wast thou, when I laid the foundations of the earth? were not so-My kingdom, said our Lord, is not God urges it on us again and again, that sin has of this world.

entered—and that we must flee from the wrath to come. Christ, in the days of his flesh, never gra

tified curiosity: he answered every inquiry acREVELATION never staggers me. There may be cording to the spirit of the inquirer, not accorda tertium quid, though we are not yet in possession ing to the letter of the inquiry : if any man came of it, which would put an end to all our present in humility for instruction, he always instructed ; doubts and questions. I was one day riding with but, when any came to gratify a vain curiosity, he a friend: we were discussing a subject, and I ex

answered, as when one said, Lord, are there few pressed myself surprised that such a measure was that be saved ?—STRIVE TO ENTER IN AT THE not adapted. "If I were to tell you one thing,” STRAIT GATE!-or, as when another inquired, said he " it would make all clear.” I gave him Lord, and what shall this man do !—What is that credit that there did exist something, which would to thee? Follow Thou me. entirely dispel my objections. Now if this be the case, in many instances, between man and man, is it an unreasonable conclusion, that all the unac

We are too ready to say in trouble, All these countable points, which we may observe in the things are against me! but a Christian should say, providence and government of God, should be all

“ This or that may seem against me ; but there is perfection in the Divine mind ? Take the growth mercy for me: there is a Saviour : there is God's of a seed—I cannot possibly say what first pro- be more careful to enumerate what is for him,

word: and there are his ordinances.” He should duces progress of growth in the grain. Take voluntary motion—I cannot possibly say where action than what is AGAINST him. He should look over begins and thought ends. The proportion between the list of his spiritual and temporal mercies, as a fly's mind and a man's is no adequate illustra- well as that of his sorrows; and remember, that tion of the state of man with respect to God; be what things are against him are so on account cause there is some proportion between the minds of his sin. Our pilgrimage is but short :- let us or faculties of two finite creatures, but there can

make use of our helps and means. God has given be none between finite man and the infinite God. us a guide, and a support to lean on : when the

clouds gather, we have only to look to Jesus. We are not to expect the joys of heaven while on

earth:—let us be content that there is a highway ONE little preacher will endeavor to prove, with for us to walk in, and a leader to conduct us in a great deal of warmth, the truth of Calvinistic. that way. principles :—and another little preacher will clearly demonstrate the truth of the Arminian scheme. Good sense will go between them, and say, “There It is a Christian's business, as much as possible, are certain things written on these subjects—Thus consistently with his duty, to lessen his cares and szith the Lord :" good sense will hesitate to push occupations in the world. It is very common to what is said to all its apparent conclusions, for-hear Christians complain what a hinderance busiIt is written again. Here ends all dogmatism ness is, while they are, perhaps, at the very time, with a wise man.

too anxious to increase it ! There is some fallacy, too, in the complaint : for, where there is a prin

ciple of grace, it will prevail even in a multitude A MOUSE that had lived all his life in a chest, of engagements. There is much difference be. says the fable, chanced one day to creep up to the tween SEEKING busy situations, and BEING FOUND edge, and, peeping out, exclaimed with wonder in them. “I did not think the world was so large."

The first step to knowledge, is to know that we are ignorant: It is a great point to know our place: What we call “taking steps in life,” are most for want of this, a man in private life, instead of serious occurrences ;-—especially if there be, in attending to the affairs in his “chest,” is ever the motive, any mixture of ambition. Wherefore peeping out, and then he becomes a PHILOSOPHER! gaddest thou about to change thy way? he must then know every thing, and presumptuously pry into the deep and secret councils of God -not considering that man is finite, and has no The dispensation of grace to some, is little more faculties to comprehend and judge of the great than a continual combat with corruptions : so that, scheme of things. Wecan form no other idea of the instead of advancing, a man seems to be but just dispensations of God, nor can have any knowledge able to preserve himself from sinking. A boat, of spiritual things, except what God has taught with the tide full against it, does well if it can us in his word; and, where he stops, we must keep from driving back, and must have strong

force indeed to get forward. We must estimate , rian says, that every thing is determined by a grace by the opposition which it meets with. wise Governor, who inspects, orders, and superin

tends the whole machine ; so that a sparrow does

not fall to the ground, or a hair of the head perish, How blessed is the Christian, in the midst of without permission. his greatest troubles! It is true we cannot say he is perfect in holiness—that he has never any doubts that his peace of mind is never interrupt.

We are so accustomed to see sin within ard ed—that he never mistakes providence: but, after without us, that we seldom deeply feel it, or are all, bis is a blessed condition ; for he is supported so shocked at it, as we should be were it less freunder his trials, and instructed by the discipline: quent. If an inhabitant of the court were to walk and, as to his fears, the evil under the apprehen- through some of the filthy streets and alleys of the sion of which he is ready to sink, frequently does metropolis, how would he be disgusted and terrinot come or it does not continue or it is turned fied! while the poor wretches, who live in them, into a blessing.

think nothing of the matter. Thus a clearer view of sin and of the holiness of God, made the pro

phet cry out, Wo is me! for I am undone ; beOne of the greatest impositions of Satan on the cause I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in mind, is that of quieting a man in the pursuit or the midst of a people of unclean lips : for mine eyes possession of what is lawful. So that if it is not have seen the King, the Lord of Hosis. murder, or adultery, or theft, which he is commit. ting, all is well ! Because a man's bed is his own, he may idle away in it his inestimable time! Be.

It is much easier to setTLE a point, than to

ACT on it. cause his business is lawful, a man may intoxicate his mind with the pursuit of it!

I ONCE said to myself, in the foolishness of my The very heart and root of sin, is an indepen. which was preached by St. Peter, when three

heart, “ What sort of sermon must that have been dent spirit. We erect the idol self; and not thousand souls were converted at ONCE?"—What only wish others to worship, but worship it our sort of sermon!—such as other sermons. There selves.

is nothing to be found in it extraordinary. The

effect was not produced by St. Peter's eloquence : We must take care when we draw parallel word. It is in vain to attend one minister after

but by the mighty power of God, present with his cases, not to take such as are not or cannot be made parallel. For instance-we may ask, be- another, and to hear sermon after sermon, unless fore we act, “What would Jesus Christ' do in this we pray that the Holy Spirit accompany bis case ? or what would St. Paul ?" but we cannot word. Neither is he thai planteth any thing, neibe guided by this rule in every thing, because ther he that watereth ; but God that giveth the inChrist's mission was peculiar: it was an unparalleled event: it was for three years only : and, like a great fire, he was always burning-always

That humility which courts notice, is not intent on one point. St. Paul also was in peculiar circumstances : he was sent on an especial Do not sound a trumpet, nor say, “ Come and see

FIRST-RATE. It may be sincere, but it is sullied. errand. In every thing which is in any degree how humble I am.” sinful, we should turn to these examples ; But, in the conduct peculiar to our station, our application of these examples must be governed by circum We should be careful never to discourage any stances.

one who is searching after God. If a man begins in earnest to feel after him if haply he may find him,

let us be aware how we stop him, by rashly telling Many inexperienced Christians are apt to look him he is not seeking in the right way. This for wrong kinds of evidences, and so distress would be like setting fire to the first round of the themselves about their state. The questions ladder, by which one was attempting to escape. which we should put to ourselves, in seeking the We must wait for a fit season to communicate best evidences, are—“Do I hate sin!—Is it my light. Had any one told me, when I first began grand fear ?—Is it my grief, that, while I have a to think religiously, that I was not seeking God in good hope of pardon, I yet should make such ill the right way, I might have been discouraged returns ? Have I brokenness of spirit?”—Godli- from seeking him at all. I was much indebted to ness is analogous to the principle of gravitation, my mother, for her truly wise and judicious conin that it reduces every thing to its proper centre. duct toward me when I first turned from my vani.

ty and sin The difference between what is called FATE, and PREDESTINATION, is something like that of a We should always record our thoughts in afflichouse without a governor, and a house, with a go- tion-set up way-marks-set up our Bethels vernor. The Fatalist says, “Every thing must, of erect our Ebenezers ; that we may recur to them necessity, be as it is—as a stone must fall to the in health ; for then we are in other circumstances, ground, fire must ascend, &c. The Predestina. I and can never recover our sick-bed views.

crease.

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