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Love is above all; and when it prevails in us all, we shall all be lovely, and in love with God, and one with another.-IBID.
The humble, meek, merciful, just, pious, and devout souls, are everywhere of one religion; and when death has taken off the mask, they will know one another, though the diverse liveries they wear here make them strangers.-IBID.
Even in this world the righteous have the better of it; for they use the world without rebuke, because they do not abuse it: they see and bless the hand that feeds, and clothes, and preserves them. And as, by beholding him in all his gifts, they do not adore them, but Him: so the sweetness of his blessings that gives them, is an advantage such have upon those who see him not. Besides, in their increase they are not lifted up, nor in their adversities are they cast down. And why? Because they are moderated in the one, and comforted in the other by his divine presence. In short, heaven is the throne, and the earth but the footstool of that man that hath self under foot. And those that know that station will not easily be moved. Such learn to number their days, that they may not be surprised with their dissolution; and to redeem their time, because the days are evil; remembering that they are stewards, and must deliver up their accounts to an impartial judge. Therefore, not to self, but to him they live, and in him die, and are blessed with them that die in the Lord.-IBID.
Let us all dwell in our only centre, where we may
continually meet, and be but one! We are very near, though we see not each other: whereas, people who are in the same house and chamber, may live at a great distance, as to a true fellowship. God unites and brings together the most remote points of distance with regard to those hearts that are united in him ! CAMBRAY.
Whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke xiv. 11.) Since we are so fond of being exalted, let us seek it where it is to be found, and where its existence will be eternal. Let us aspire to true greatness, which is only to be found by abasing ourselves in this world. God confounds the proud ; in this life he sends him many cross accidents, and in the end, will humble him for
But the humble, who desires to live in obscurity, shall be respected, because he never desired to be 80; and an everlasting glory shall be the reward of his contempt of a false glory.—IBID.
It may be affirmed without any apprehension of error, that the greater the degree in which any man is a Christian, the less will be his wish to be called a lord; and that, when he attains to the “fulness of the stature" of a Christian man, no wish will remain.DYMOND.
The smiles of the world are always more pernicious to the soul than its frowns. Its smiles, like a soporific draught, soothe the soul into carnal security, whilst its frowns drive us to God.--CHARLES.
However agreeable and edifying the conversation of Christian friends, yet we must deny ourselves therein, if it encroaches too much on the time (usually) dedicated to meditation and private prayer; or we shall, in the end, be great losers. This is the life and soul
every other duty; and when it is neglected, the soul must be stupid, barren, and sapless. None but God can always satisfy; and here only we are out of danger of excess; and the more we converse with him, the better fitted we are to converse with our fellow-creatures. When we have received out of his fulness, we have wherewith to communicate to others : otherwise we have nothing but emptiness; and when emptiness meets with emptiness, there can be no edification.IBID.
I find, daily, that I may as well endeavour to take up the waters of the ocean with my pen, as to comprehend, spiritually, in the smallest degree, any of the
deep things of God," without His teaching who “searcheth all things.”—IBID.
When the Lord appears to our souls in divine truths, he teaches us more in one quarter of an hour, than ten thousand years' study without his teaching. None can teach like Him.-IBID.
It is not our own ease and comfort, but our usefulness, that we should always have in view.-IBID.
The fairest prospect often ends in a gloom, and the darkest frequently brightens daily more and more.IBID.
We are never nearer to God than when we are lowest in our own estimation; and never more pleasing to him than when we abhor ourselves, and repent in dust and ashes.-IBID.
A true sense of our unworthiness makes every blessing great and precious.-IBID.
There is nothing worth living for, but to advance the Lord's work.-IBID.
A Christian who has not the savour of godliness, and to whom the gospel is not daily the savour of life unto life, is like salt which has lost its saltness. He is good for nothing. He may be acute and extensive in his knowledge of divine things; he may be able to talk well on every point; he may have the form of godliness, without the salt which our Saviour exhorts us to have in ourselves : he is but a corpus mortuum, a dead body without spiritual life.—IBID.
When an unexpected cloud gathers and darkens the heavens above, let us joyfully expect from it a shower of rich blessings; and when the blessings are come the cloud will disperse, and the sun will shine brighter than ever.-IBID.
To be tossed by the waves of the world, without the refreshing gales of the Spirit, is misery indeed.—IBID.
Though God may bring us into the wilderness, yet, if he speak comfortably to us, the wilderness will be turned into a paradise.—IBID.
If the road is rough, let us not complain; for it leads to a glorious rest, which nothing shall disturb.IBID.
What do they not lose, who are strangers to serious meditation on the wonders and beauties of created nature? How gloriously the God of creation shines in his works! Not a tree, nor leaf, nor flower; not a bird, nor insect, but proclaims in glowing language, 6. God made me !"-RICHMOND.
Oh! how precious ought every hour to be, when each may be the last !-IBID.
Travellers, as they pass through the country, usually stop to inquire whose are the splendid mansions which they discover among the woods and plains around them. The families, title, fortune, or character of the respective owners engage much attention. Perhaps their houses are exhibited to the admiring stranger: the elegant rooms, costly furniture, valuable paintings, beautiful gardens and shrubberies, are universally approved; while the rank, fashion, taste, and riches of the possessor afford ample materials for entertaining discussion. In the meantime, the lowly cottage of the poor husbandman is passed by, as scarcely deserving notice : yet, perchance, such a cottage may often contain a treasure of infinitely more value than the sumptuous palace of the rich man, ever “the pearl of great price.” If this be set in the heart of the poor cottager, it proves a gem of unspeakable worth, and will shine among the brightest ornaments