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one family, our intercessions would be more earnest and frequent at the throne of grace. What a heavenly example our blessed Lord has left us! Behold Him, on the night of His betrayal into the hands of sinful men, amid all the sorrows and anguish of those bitter hours at eventide in Gethsemane; He kneels beneath the shadow of the olive trees; forgetting His own sorrow, He prays and pleads for His people. O God, give me Thy Spirit, that I may follow the footsteps of my Saviour. May the love of Christ constrain me, that I may love all those who love Christ, and pray for those for whom Christ died.
“ And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment.
But Jesus turned Him about, and when He saw her, He said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.”MATT. ix. 20, 22. "TWELVE years ;” a complaint of long standing,
truly, but not long enough, in her opinion, to resist the virtue of Jesus' touch. If the most inveterate bodily disease yielded to His power, let us try the effect of it, who are afflicted with any moral disorder of however long standing. It may be known to the world, or unknown, or scarcely known and glossed over. But it lives and feeds in the dark, and, permitted by despair, is allowed to remain and enslave its victim. Come, thou doubting one, though every expedient has been tried-moral lectures, reflection, the jeers of the world, the severe and just reproaches of the wise; yet come near and try this last approach to Jesus ; come up like the ruler of the synagogue,
say, “I am even now dead, but lay thine hand upon me, and I shall live.” But if thou darest not address, and thy stricken conscience refuses to confront the Majesty of Heaven, yet still, I say, Come, come behind, touch but the hem of His garment; touch it only with a faithful heart, and thou art whole.
Encompassed with clouds of distress,
Just ready all hope to resign,
And fear it will never be mine:
I sink at Thy feet with my load;
And stretch forth my hands unto God.
The blood of Atonement apply
The Rock that is higher than I:
Thy presence is fair to behold:
My groanings that cannot be told.
If sometimes I strive, as I mourn,
My hold of Thy promise to keep, The billows more fiercely return,
And plunge me again in the deep : While harassed and cast from Thy sight,
The tempter suggests with a roar,“ The Lord has forsaken thee quite;
Thy God will be gracious no more."
Yet, Lord, if Thy love hath designed
No covenant blessing for me, Ah, tell me how is it I find
Some pleasure in waiting for Thee ? Almighty to rescue Thou art;
Thy grace is my shield and my tower; Come, succour, and gladden my heart,
Let this be the day of Thy power.
The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity.
STIR up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of Thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of Thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“ The Lord our Righteousness.”_JER. xxiii. 6.
THIS is a most comfortable name : it is an asylum, it
a , is a cloak under which to hide my head. I almost fear to look upon myself. I cannot conceive how God can look on me with approval. Oh! that I could have any other man's good, as many covet their neighbour's purse. And has Christ furnished me with the desideratum, and has He given me the good to serve my turn? What an offer!-how should I let it pass? The very thought of what I am stings me. Houses, lands, fields, greatness, may be purchased, may be won ; but goodness only cannot be bought with gold. Christ says, “I counsel thee to buy of Me,” &c. (Rev. ii. 18.) How ? By faith. If there be one way then of getting it, let me hold it with a death-gripe. Lord ! whatever this righteousness of Thine is, which seems to recommend us as righteous to the Father, oh, let me have my share of it
nd whatever this ith which conducts it may be, oh, let me not be without it! whatever other things Thou mayest deprive me of : “help Thou mine unbelief !”
“ And Jesus took the loaves ; and when He had given thanks, He distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down ; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”—JOHN vi. 11.
ESUS was the Son of God; but He was also the
Son of man. Before going to perform a miracle which multiplied to any extent the substance before Him, the consciousness of His own power, which was to be so conspicuously exerted, did not prevent His