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mises are sure because they are of God, who is the same yesterday, to-day, or for ever, and they are ensured to us because they are in Christ. God beholds His believing people in Christ, and all the promises which He has made to Christ He has made to them. How blessed is the believing soul that can say : "My life is hid with Christ in God.” Whatever be the changes and chances of this world, they cannot change my happiness, they cannot alter my prayer. God's beloved because I am accepted in the beloved. The smile of God's countenance is upon me because it rests upon Christ, and all the promised happiness of heaven is mine, because the promises are to that seed which is Christ, and through faith I dwell in Him, and He in ME.
“ And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life ?”—LUKE X. 25.
this conversation we may collect, I think, some important practical reflections : first from the difference of the answers of Jesus, on this and the corresponding occasion, to much the same question proposed by the young ruler of the synagogue. While one was required to relinquish his worldly possessions, the other was merely enjoined to make a charitable
use of them. Is it not evident that what is one man's duty may not be another's; and (though those who may conclude that their particular situation requires such a renunciation of human affairs, should not hesitate to comply), the generality, by using the world without abusing it, will glorify best their Father which is in heaven? Again, the instance of mercy dwelt upon here, as in other places, being one which concerns the bodily necessities of our brethren, we have another lesson how careful we should be (where we can command the means) not to allow our relief to rest in spiritual things only, while the tabernacles which hold the spirits are perishing in hunger. Recollect how the process of the last judgment is described. (Matt. xxv. 34, &c.) Finally, as the lawyer here admonished was one of the children of the household, the answer must have directed him to extend his benevolence beyond the immediate pale of his own church. Does not this teach all persons of all sects, who no doubt each consider their own sect the true flock, that the supposition, if true, is no reason for confining the compass of their charities too critically to the household of faith?
We who need mercy every hour,
And by compassion stand,
Which Jesus doth command.
The lonely widow, desolate,
With cheerfulness relieve; The fatherless commiserate;
Bread to the hungry give.
O may we feel each brother's sigh,
And with him bear a part! May sorrow flow from eye to eye,
And joy from heart to heart!
Love is the golden chain that binds
The happy souls above; And he's an heir of heaven, that finds
His bosom glow with love.
The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which Thou dost promise, make us to love that which Thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“ But the fruit the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance : against such there is no law."--GAL. V. 22, 23.
is want of faith: a sorrowful complaining spirit is a practical denial of the promises; it is the fruit of unbelief, the fruit of the flesh. Joy and peace are not only the privilege, but the evidences of adoption. Labour after a perfect assurance. If thou hast it, what more canst thou desire than that of which thou art assured ? If thou hast it not, thou canst not expect that joy and peace which only comes of believing. Look unto Jesus, “the Author and Finisher of thy faith.” He who has begun a good work in my soul will confirm the same unto the end. “Why art thou cast down, 0. my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope, thou in God, for I will yet praise Him who is the health of my countenance, and my God."
"And with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks : and he was a Samaritan.”—LUKE Xyii, 15, 16, MHIS man was devout and well judging ; his grati
tude to man did not interfere with his thankfulness to God, and neither interfered with the liveliness of his faith. Jesús, for aught he knew, was a man and nothing more; therefore, his enlightened confidence looked upwards to the superintending Providence from which all things flowed. He “glorified God with a loud voice.” Nor did Jesus reprove, but approved, the intelligent gratitude which traced the finger of God in the mercy which he had experienced.
“ There are not found that returned to give the glory to God, save this stranger.” On that we could so realize and re