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have maintained, becomes burthensome, and is laid aside. Small temptations they repel ; and take credit to themselves for their victory. Then comes a somewhat more difficult trial : and they excuse them, selves for yielding under it by exaggerating its magnitude. Then they fall into fome greater offence, which calls forth many expressions, and some real feelings, of forrow, and is followed by temporary reformation. Afterwards they fall again, and become tired of contending, and lament that the obstacles in the paths of religion are almost insuperable. Thus life passes away in heartless wishes, lukewarm prayers, short-lived resolves, unsteady efforts, imaginary penițence, and real fin. If this be your cha . racter, know that Jesus Christ demands the whole heart. He requires fervent supplication, strenuous exertion, faithful service. The whole man must work: the whole man must work out his salvation with fear and trembling. If grace is extended in vain, Christ will resume his wasted gift. How
between two opinions ? If the Lord be God, follow him.
To those who have hitherto manifested by regular fruits of righteousness that in
fincerity they have left all to follow Christ, let me, in the last place, direct some few words of exhortation. Though your progress has thus far been triumphant, your warfare is not at an end. Your adversary still keeps the field, and despairs not. His assaults will cease only with your life. Persevere. If you persevere; He who has begun a good work in you, will complete it. But all depends on your perseverance. The crown of glory is prepared. Lose it not by relaxing in your exertions. Forfeit not the reward of past labours by present or future sloth. The arm of your Saviour is not shortened, nor his ear turned away. Look up still to him, and go forth
conquering and to conquer. Yet a few more days or years of conflict; and the victory is atchieved ; and the recompence of victory secured for ever. What are days and years to eternity! Having sustained the burden and heat of the day; will you faint when the hour of rest approaches, when the times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, are at hand ? Ye have need, and to your last hour you
will have need, of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. But yet a little while,
and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. The just shall live by faith : but if any man draw back my soul, saith the Lord, mall have no pleasure in him. Be not ye of them who draw back unto perdition : but of the na that believe to the saving of the foul (i).
Goodness illustrated by the Character of
Acts, xi. 22—24.
They sent forth Barnabas, that he should go
as far as Antioch : who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of beart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the
Holy Ghost and of faith. IN the management of worldly transac
tions, the foundness of the principles upon which we conduct ourselves is a circumstance of prime moment to our success. If the man of science builds his speculations on a groundless theory, and sustains them by an unphilosophical process; shall not they terminate in emptiness and dif
appointment? If the Commander embarked in a perilous enterprise, has formed an erroneous judgment concerning its nature, and measures its facilities or its difficulties by a false standard; shall not the event be disastrous ? Is it not then of inexpreffible concern that, in pursuing the interests of eternity, you should contemplate them with discerning eyes; and estimate, by a true criterion, every particular which is essential to the attainment of your object? The man of science may renew his labours on a firmer basis. The Commander, reaping wisdom from defeats, may conquer in another campaign. Not fo the departed spirit, wilfully estranged, while in the body, from the path of final happiness. Disappointment in that pursuit is ruin for ever.
There are few subjects respecting which a more conspicuous variety of judgment prevails than exists with regard to goodness. How numerous, how discordant are the standards by which it is measured ! Enter the crowded circle of society, and advert to some of the different characters, to which you hear the term Good continually and confidently applied. First: there is the decent and orderly
He is so regular in his attendance