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fleeting; and they issue in anguish bring forth fruit meet for repet and despair. There is, assuredly, ance; unless we are daily dying to no peace--no solid or lasting peace sin, and living unto righteousness to the wicked :--while the peace we are still in our sing; sio still of God himself--a peace which reigns in our mortal bodies, bring. passeth understanding, which ba- ing forth fruit unto death. nisbes every fear, and fills the soul And now, let no one among us with joy unspeakable-- is the por- make any more excuses or delays tion of him, and of him alone, whe
but flee froin the wrath to come: repents and turns to God.
Evil pursaeth sinners; and if death But the subject addresses itself to overtake us in our sins, eternal mais persons of every age, even to those sery will be our portion. Yet a who may have grown grey in the long-suffering God has patience service of sin. Even these, though at with us. The Gospel still invites the eleventh hour, are invited to re- us. Jesus Christ still assures us he pent and turn to God: and how incum- has no pleasure in our death, and bent is it upon such, while judgment prays us to turn to him, that our and eternity press upon them, to at- souls may live.
If these things tend to the invitation! There is affect us as they ought, let us dehope even for them. If they will termine, whatsoever our hands find Row come to God, repenting of to do, to do it with all our might, their sins, and trusting in their Sa- for there is no work, nor device: viour, he will in no wise cast them nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the out; he will receive them with grave, whither we are all hastening. joy, and welcome them, as the father in the parable his lost but returning child. Now, then, is the
To the Editor of the Christian Observer. accepted time, now is the day of salvation; and, after so long a time, As you have cast a comprehensive it is still called to-day. Therefore glance around the extensive circle let us no more harden our hearts which your eye commands, you against him; lest he swear in bis have probably been often called to wrath, that we shall never enter into lament the evils resulting from the his rest.
absence of habitual self-controol. And here I would remark, that In the walks of public and of repentance is not, as some suppose, private life; in man, considered as the work of a Christian at the be- a part of the great community of ginning merely of his religious the world, and as head of the little course. It will continue to be his sphere in which his lot, as an indidaily work, until he shall lay aside vidual, is cast; we discern but too his mortal flesh. While we remain many incontrovertible proofs of the in this world, we shall find daily grievances wbich flow from this and hourly cause to humble our- source. It is to some few of the selves before God, for the sins of ills thus originating, as they afect our thoughts, words, and actions. It us in domestic life, thai I am is not with the confident and the now desirous of calling the attention presumptuous, but with the hum- of your readers. Where shall we ble, the lowly, and the contrite, find the man who may not see amthat God loves to dwell. And we ple ground to deplore that we are may be assured, that, however disposed practically to deny truths strong at one time may have been which in theory we acknowledge? our convictions of sin, and how. Faith has for its object the whole ever loud may now be our profes- word of God; and we confess it sion of religion ; unless we are in to be the believer's privilege to the daily exercise of humiliation; walk with his Maker in the exercise unless we daily repent, and daily of this heavenly principle, and,
by the power of God's Spirit, to us follow ourselves through the mortify the whole body of sin. We successive hours of each day. Let also admit that they who content us mark the habits and the tempers themselves with aiming at any thing which fill up the moments as they short of this in practice, are too pass; lei us labour to discover (to much strangers to their real state, use the words of the excellent Newand to the nature of that liberty ton) whether “our professions, like wherewith Christ has promised to that of 100 many whose sincerity make his people free. But does charity would be unwilling to inour life correspond 10 our profes. peach, is not greatly blemished, sion? How often do we see the notwithstanding our hopes and our characters of some valuable persons occasional comforts, by the breaking clouded, and the influence which forth of unsanctified tempers, and they would otherwise so justly gain the indulgence of vain desires, greatly counteracted, by compara. anxious cares, and selfish purposes." tively small faults ! We are feel. Let us look back to the hours of ingly awake to this fact in the case freedom and of domestic privacy. of our neighbours : but let us Has no impatience, resentment, or bring ihe matter hone 10 our own repininis, been permitted to sully the bosoms.
fair lenor of our course? It is a trite but important remark, peevisb spirit, a wearying anxiety that life is made up of a succession about mere trifles, a capricious disof little parls; and that each day satisfaction with the mmuliæ of derives its character from the pre- family arrangements, and a contivailing ingredients in the multitude nual change of plans, never haof little occurrences which accom- rassed our children or our dependpany its flight: yet, alas! on re- ants, and very sensibly tended, by tracing our own steps, in searching their systematic recurrence, to lessen out our own hearts, we are disposed to the aggregale sum of domestic peace? rest satisfied with a very parival and Have low suspicions and petiy jealimited survey. We fix upon some Jousies never, by being harboured few scaltered points of peculiar within our bosonis, soured our temprominence, and, uniting them into per ? Has an unaccommodating, a whole, sit down well pleased with self-indulgent spirit never practithe result; while the innumerable cally led us in any degree to forget little shades, divisions, and inequali- the law of love io our neighbour? ties, which have blled the interme- -Let us dwell upon these several diate space, are lost from the view. heads in our daily private selfThus do our fleeting hours leave examinations; and, it is to be feared, bebind them but a vague remem- although the shapes which thes brance of the past; as a dream when faults will respectively assume may one awaketh, the airy visions float vary with the varieties which exist faintly before the eye of memory. in the natural constitutions and Self-love 100 steps in, and deceives habits of the mind, and with local us with her optical illusions. She circumstances, that an impartial points to a few bright spois scattered conscience will condemn very here and there on the surtace of life, many of us, upon some one
or and, illuminating them with bor- more of these points.-Nor let us sowed lustre, dazzles our sight. deceive ourselves by regarding them We yield ourselves the willing vic- as of trivial importance.
“ Behold tims of her delusory powers, and how great a matter a little fire make no efforts to discover she de- kindlech !” This subject demands ception. But if we would know our most serious attention. Can we ourselves; if we desire 10 see our deny that it does so, when we call to characters as they appear to our mind the words of our Redeemer; fellow-mortals, and to our God; let “ Be ye perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” we believe that the eyes of the Can we persuade ourselves that we Lord are in every place: yet, to are labouring to live up to the spirit our shame be it remembered, that of this command ; that we are the presence of a prince, a nobleguiltless in His eyes to whose view man, a fellow-worm upon whom the most secret recesses of the heart we depend, and whose favouring are laid open, and who has himself regards we would propitiate, will declared ihat " for every idle word effectually smooth the ruffled brow, that men speak they shall give ac- check the impatient word, and count;'' if we are knowingly allowing banish the rising emotion, while He ourselves in any one habit of sin, "in whose favour is life" is little however small it may appear to our considered! We look back with partial judgments? If we attempt slight compunction upon faults comto apologize for our conduct by mitted before the Judge of Heaven pleading the constilutional infirmi- and Earth, the bare recollection of lies of our temper, or the debilitating which would dye our cheeks with and agitating effects of ill-health, it blushes were we informed that some is to be feared that we are but frail mortal had been privy to our deluding our own hearts; that we conduct. are acting under the guidance of the Oh that we could truly estimate author of all evil, and, in fact, are the evil of sin in its own inherent circumscribing the all-sufficient nature, and our ulter helplessness power of Divine Grace. Let us and frailty! We might then be in- judge ourselves, that we he not duced to rely for strength upon judged of the Lord.” Let us not Him who is "mighty to save.” seek to quiet our consciences by Our spirit, our temper, our converbringing forward excuses which sation, would then more uniformly will be swept away, as “the refuges evince that we live in the continual of lies,” in the hour of death, and in presence of our God. Under all the day of judgment.— Is any one the petty vexations and cross incidisposed to think that the matter dents to which a fallen race of beings has been too strictly viewed: Let are liable and the vicissitudes of him beware lest he should at last too each day may expose us, we should late discover that he is ruined, by hear a voice going before us, and having trusted in this point to the crying, My grace is sufficient for delusive reasonings of his own heart. thee." Sinless perfection, it is Can we, with truth, affirm, that we true, we shall not attain while we labour to devote soul and body, are sojourners below the skies; but every talent, every power, , and we are awfully deceiving ourselves, every faculty, to Him who gave if we dleem ourselves safe while we them; that we let our light shine are babitually neglecting to pursue before men to the praise of His “whatsoever things are just, whatgrace; when we are habitually soever things are pure, whatsoever tolerating improprieties in our things are lovely, whatsoever things daily conduct which are contrary, are of good repori.” Did we carry to say the least, to the circum- our views no farther than the present spection becoming our profession, life, mere selfish motives might, one which degrade the transforming should have conceived, be sufficientpower of religion in the eyes of the ly powerful to constrain us to assume worldly-minded, and cast a snare an amiable deportment. But, alas! and a rock of offence before the the words of the poet present but steps of those who look up to us to 100 just a picture of our sin and guide and strengthen them in their folly! course to the heavenly Cavaan? We are in our judgments firmly per- Domestic happiness, thou only bliss suaded of the omnipresence of God; of Paradise, that hasi survived the fall! Christ. Onserv, No. 148,
Though few now taste thee unimpaird and « Meddle not much with the afpure;
fairs of this life. Or, tasting, long enjoy thee; 100 infirm, Or too incautious, lo preserve thy sweets
.“ Argue coolly, and from con
science, not for victory. Uumix'd with drops of bitter, wbich neglect
“ Afkct not a shew of sanctimony Or temper sheds into thy crystal cup.
before men. D.
“ Be not ashamed of piety in any company.
• Whatever else thou readest, To the Editor of the Christian Observer. read a double portion in the ScripAs the Christian Observer is read
tures of Truth. by many engaged in the Ministry of the world, else celestial truth, as
" Shun familiarity with the men and also by several preparing for it, a paper may be occasionally ad- uttered by thee, will be contemned.
" Care not much about thy own initted, with propriety, I conceive, exclusively with a view to their be reputation, so Truth and the Gospel nefit. Of such a nature is the pre
suffer not. sent. It contains a series of advices
“ Learn daily more of Christ, respecting the conduct proper to be and more of thyself, else thy other pursued by a Minister of the Go. studies will profit little.
“ Seek not great things for thyspel, extracted from a very interest. ing Memoir of the late Mr. Meikle, self; seek not great approbation, author of the Traveller,” « Soli great applause, great conveniencies, tude sweetened,” &c. &c. Your
or a great income: but seek great clerical readers will, I feel per. things for Christ ; seek to him great suaded, anticipate edification from glory, many converts, and much the production of that man, who,
fruits of righteousness. though never permitted to engage
“ Consider the preciousness of in their sacred' office, could, when souls, the value of salvation, the contemplating his views of it, use weight of the sacred charge, the these memorable words: “ As I terrors of the Almighty, the awful feel a constant opposition in me to day of account, and ihine own utter all that is holy and divine, I desire inability :—then shalt thou have no to be chained, as it were, by office, rain confidence, but depend on God
alone. to religion ; and, by a close exer
« Please all men in the truth, cise therein, and breathing after communion with God, to get,
but wound not the truth to please through his grace, the antipathy in any. my heart against what is good dis
“ Set thy affections on things pelled, as far as my militant state above ; so shall spiritual things be can allow of.” In hopes that, at thy delight, and not thy burden. some period or other, God would
“ In company, always study to accept his offers of service in the drop something for edification; and Gospel, Mr. Meikle penned the sub
so in a manner preach occasionally, joined very excellent maxims ;
as well as statedly. which, as his biographer informs
• Be much with God in secret;
so shall God be with thee in us, not only shew how conscientious he was in his views, but contain public. bints which may be profitable to
“ See that the carriage of every those whom God' has put into the one in thy family be a pattern to all ministry.
observers, and not matter of re
proach, to the joy of enemies. “ Contract not much carnal ac- “Let thy charge be continually quaintance.
on thy mind; and not only pray “ Learn to be abused without with them in public, and from house becoming angry.
to house, but carry them to the
closet, and pray for them in pri- mens of thy learning, or criticisms vate.
on the words in the original, espe“ Neglect not to visit them at all cially before the unlearned; for a proper times, but especially embrace nice grammarian may be but a nothose golden opportunities, sickness vice in the Gospel. and affliction.
“ In preaching, aim at God's “ Have a fellow-feeling with the glory and the good of souls ; and sufferings of all thy flock.
then, without deviating from that • Let thy conversation be unic rule, please all men as much as posform; and what thou preachest on sible. the Sabbath, practise through the “ Let thy sernions be always the week.
fruit of much study and applica“ Not only press charity on the tion; and never dare to serve God wealthy, but let thy example, ac- with that which cost thee nought. cording to thy power, shew the “ Never be bigoted to thine own way.
opinions, or interpretations of par" Rather lend thine ear to re- ticular texts, lest, in establishing proaches than applauses : the first them, thou be seeking after thine may let us see some foible or fail- own tame; but if the thoughts of ing with which we are chargeable; others be as orthodox anıl consonant but the last is very apt to kindle to the analogy of faith, if it be self-conceit, of which every one necessary for peace's sake, acquiesce has enough.
in them. “ Act the Christian even in eat... " Never shew a fondness for ing and drinking; and be not, new doctrines, wbich, when at a feast, though temperate Christians, are little better than at other times, a glutton or a wine- new gods among the Israelites; bibber.
but contend earnestly for the faith “ With respect to thy charge, once (and but once, because susiconsider that thou art made the ciently) delivered to the saints in steward of a family, and therefore the Scriptures of Truth; and still must, seeing the great Master allows walk in that way which, though it, provide food for all; flesh for the very old, is very good.” strong, and milk for the weak. See that the worship of God be set up
That the perusal of these advices, in all families, and performed twice Mr. Editor, may be accompanied
with a day ; and that parents instruct
the same Divine Unction their children in private prayer, to with which they seem to have been say grace at meat, and to keep the written, is the sincere wish of Sabbath. See that the rising gene
An unworthy Labourer in the ration under thy care grow in
Lord's vineyard, knowledge, and be well acquainted
EBORIENSIS, with the Scriptures. Be well acquainted with the knowledge and conversation of every one that is ad. To the Editor ofthe Christian Observer. mitted to the Lord's table.
In the Christian Observer for last “ Keep an exact list, or cata- January, " A COUNTRY CURATE” sologue, of thy charge; who is pious licits information concerning the or profligate, knowing or ignorant, lawfulness of substituting, other in affluence or exigence, in health Lessons for those appointed to be or sick; and read it often.
read in churches. He quotes, from “ Give a pleasant ear to the the present Bishop of Ely's primary commendations of others, but al. Charge, that prelate's judicious and ways frown away the friend that seasonable caution against this de would commend ihee to thy face. viation from the Liturgy, contrast“ Be sparing in producing spécia 'ing it with the '" Admonition" pre