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But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are
changed into the same image, from glory to glory.. 2 Cor. iii. 18. Therefore, let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus. Phil. ii. 5. For
he has left us an example, that we should follow his steps. 1 Pet. ii. 21. IF, before we say or do any thing, we would always consider whether
it was agreeable to the pattern of Christ, a multitude of sins would be avoided. O Lord, however guilty and miserable I am, yet when I can humble myself before thee as the vilest of sinners, and look ир unto thee by faith, depending only upon thy free grace, I enjoy peace. Grant, therefore, O my God, that this beholding of thee may
my constant exercise, and that by this means I may be strengthened cheerfully to follow thy pattern, and be daily more changed into the glo. rious image of thy love, patience, and humility, and thus be ripening for eternal life.
Such love and meckness so divine,
My dear Redeemer and my
Be thou my pattern, make me bear
He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the
just and on the unjust. Matt. v. 45. MANY serious people are very ready to give alms to the pious part of their
poor brethren, but are afraid of relieving a common beggar; and it must be owned, that, as riches are a talent from God, they who have them must be discreet in the distribution of them; the religious poor have the best claim, but others ought not to be entirely overlooked; as is plain from the conduct of God himself, for “Tie makcth the sun to rise on the evil and on the good.” Only common healthy beggars are forbidden alms: concerning whom God says, “ If they will not work, neither should they cat." 2 Thess. iii, 10. It may be said, they will make an ill use of your bounty ; but what then? Is not this the very effect of Divine Goodness? Is not this the very goodness that is recommended to us in Scripture, by the imitating of which we may show ourselves to bc“ the children of our Father which is in Heaven, who sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust?” Shall I withhold a little money or food from my fellow-creature, for fear he should not be good enough to receive it of me? Do I beg of God to deal with me, not according to my merit, but according to his own great goodness; and shall I be so absurd as to withhold my charity from a poor fellow-creature, because he may perhaps not deserve it? Shall I use a measure towards him, which I pray God never to use towards me? Lazarus was a common beggar; and yet he was the care of angels, and carried into Abraham's bosom. "I was a stranger, and ye took me in," saith our blessed Saviour ; but who can perform this duty, that will not relieve persons that are unknown to them?
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." Lord give me faith which works by love, Which makes a neighbour's grief my own, And will good works command;
And lends an helping hand.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me ; thy rod and thy staff comfort me. Psalın xxiii. 4. See also Exod. xiv. of the deliverance of the Israelites, and the destruc
tion of the Egyptians in the Red Sea. To rejoice in the light of God's countenance is certainly most plea
sant, but not always so profitable to every one as sometimes to walk in the dark, nay, in the valley of the shadow of death. Some are more humble and cautious while walking in the dark than in the light; and glimpses of grace are then exceedingly precious ; 'but such should consider for their humiliation, that darkness or deadiness are commonly the effects of a wrong spirit and careless walk. O Lord, grant that when I am deprived of sensible comforts, I may yet be enabled to rely upon thy bare word, and in death may be refreshed by the light of thy countenance. Amen. Yes; thou hast declared “ that the righteous hath hope in his death.” Prov. xiv. 32.
Death cannot make our souls afraid,
If God be with us there;
And never yield to fear.
And view the promis'd land,
My flesh itself shall long to drop,
And pray for the command.
I shall forget my breath,
Of so divine a death.
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father; and attend to know understand
ing. Prov. iv. 1. We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen. John iii. 11. Beloved, believe not every spirit ; but try the spirits whether. they are of God.
1 John iv. 1. READER, whoever thou art that comest to this book for instruction and
edification, let the following monitions, the result of long experience and observation, be acceptable unto thee; they are designed for thy spiritual good, will warn thee against errors, and, if complied with, give thice a true relish of gospel peace and redeeming love. Let the life thou now livest in the flesh be by faith in the Son of God." Labour after a constant soul-reviving fellowship with the Father and the Son, through the Holy Spirit. Watch over thy passions, conduct, and conversation, so as that the Spirit of the Lord be not grieved, nor his comfortable influences withdrawn from thy soul. Be ready to every good work as thou hast ability and opportunity; and take special care thy good be not evil spoken of through the manner of thy performing it. Let no external services whatever, either respecting thyself or others, make thec neglect a constant watchfulness over the inward motions of thine own heart. Let the written word of God be thine invariable rule, both in principle and practice. Whatever persuasion advanceth uot the Redeemer's honour, and tendeth not to magnify his grace, work, and salvation, be sure cometh not of him that calleth us. Be very earnest after meekness, humility, patience, self-denial, inward holiness, and all other graces of the Spirit; these carry their own evidence that they are wrought of God, and in their blessed effects will remain with thee for evermore.
My son, if thine heart be wise, and experienced in these things, my heart shall rejoice, even mine." Lord, fill my heart with love and format | So And Bless the Lord my righteousness.
@pen thou mine eyes, that I may see wonderful things out of thy law. Psalm
cxix, 18. Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death. Psalm xiii. 3. For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light. Psalm Xxxvi. 9. - Divine answer: I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth in me, should not abide in darkness. Johin xii. 46. The Lord
openeth the eyes of the blind. Psalm cxlvi. 8. Many imagine their eyes are opened, and that they have clear no
tions of religion in their heads ; but they see just like Eve after eating the forbidden fruit; their hearts being corrupted, are destitute of Christian simplicity and godly sincerity, for he that does not understand the word of God by the light of the Holy Spirit, through prayer and faith, but only by his natural reason, is certainly blind still (Rev. iii. 17); and one devilish and plausible temptation to error and sin, is enough to break the strongest chain of human reasoning, for it is only “faith that gets the victory.” | John v. t.
The souls, enlighten'd from above,
With joy receive the word ;
Shines in their dying Lord.
Restores their fainting breath;
But unbelief perverts the same
To guilt, despair, and death.
Like show'rs of heav'nly rain,