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feres with those of another in this important concern : inasmuch as the righteousness of God is “unto all and upon all them that believe ; for there is no difference.” Let this consideration encourage our efforts : “In our Father's house are many mansions ;” and the more that enter in, the better He is pleased. If we are one with Christ, and strengthened by His spirit, no accidental circumstances will be found to cross our efforts, and deprive us of success.
The farmer may calculate, but he cannot depend, upon the weather; the merchant may speculate, but the uncertain winds and tides may dash his hopes. But they who trust in the Lord shall not be confounded; for His promises are
1 not yea and nay, but yea; and are neither narrowed by the bounds of necessity, nor exposed to the uncertain contingencies of life.
There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
And pleasures banish pain.
There everlasting spring abides,
And never-withering flowers ;
This heavenly land from ours.
Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood
Stand dressed in living green,
While Jordan rolled between :
But timorous mortals start and shrink
To cross this narrow sea;
And fear to launch away.
O could we make our doubts remove,
Those gloomy doubts that rise, And see the Canaan that we love,
With unbeclouded eyes ;
Could we but climb where Moses stood,
And view the landscape o’er; Not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood,
Should fright us from the shore.
Saint Barnabas the Apostle,
O LORD God Almighty, who didst endue Thy holy Apostle Barnabas with singular gifts of the Holy Ghost; Leave us not, we beseech Thee, destitute of Thy manifold gifts, nor yet of grace to use them alway to Thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“ For he was
good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith : and much people was added unto the Lord.”—ACTs xi. 24.
It is not enough that you possess energy, ability, learning, qualifications. There is a moral weight required to secure attention and respect to what you say. And you will often find that a man who is in no way remarkably endowed with intellectual advantages, will secure respect and effect to his teaching by his general character and consistency. “Is he in earnest about what he speaks? is the tacit reflection of the hearer: and no one can be conceived to be in earnest about these matters whose life does not prove him so. Pastors must preach with their lives as well as with their discourses, if they would have their preaching be effectual. Phocion was not so great an orator as Demosthenes ; yet the life and character of Phocion often carried the point against the superior advantages of his rival. Probably enough, the preaching and teaching of the apostle Barnabas was a powerful instrument of his success; yet we actually find that success here attributed to his character and conduct; "for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith, and much people was added unto the Lord.” If these things be so, what a lesson does this convey to ministers, not only to avoid evil, but all appearance of evil ; not only to avoid what is positively wrong, but what the conventional opinion of society has determined to be so for them. For, in either case, character, which is naturally tender, is liable to be injured, and, as a consequence, their prospects of success, in the salvation of souls, are to liable to be curtailed.
“ This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for his friends. Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”—John xv. 12–14. WHEN
THEN Christ will describe in one word what the
substance of His requirements is, He expresses it by the obligation of mutual love. The test of this love is not the mere excitability of feeling, but the fruits of our practice. This is evident from the example which He has chosen for illustration-namely, the signal service by which He has proved His attachment to us. “ Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." Therefore, the substance of His teaching and requirements is, the attainment of corresponding devotion to each other. If the resignation of life is the highest evidence of attachment, because the highest boon we can offer, every other benefit conferred, however small —to a cup of cold water—must be an evidence, though in a lower degree, of the same disposition. Moreover this disposition being the substance of the commandments of Christ, we should not despise, but nurse the smallest evidences which appear producible in our lives and conduct. If every instance of benefit we are enabled to communicate to our brethren be an