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is required in every relation of life, and is the source of all that is kind and friendly, considerate, and tender-hearted towards all men. Cultivate diligently the habits. of kindness, meekness, forgiveness, selfdenial, and peace-making. Study the sublime morality of the gospel of Christ; and especially study his own example. He was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners. He was meek and lowly in heart;—be went about doing good. He sought not his own things, but the good of others. He humbled himself, that he might achieve the great work of redemption. Let the same mind be in you. Let every selfish principle be mortified; let each day find you embracing every opportunity of doing good, both to the bodies and to the souls of men,—and eagerly seeking after such opportunities as that loved and chosen path in which you delight to follow the steps of the Redeemer. In all your intercourse with men, cultivate earnestly that charity which “suffereth long and is kind,—which envieth not, -vaunteth not itself, -is not puffed up,—doth not behave itself unseemly, -seeketh not her own,-is not easily provoked, thinketh no- evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ;-beareth all things,- believeth all things,-hopeth all things,—endureth all things." -Such was the man Christ Jesus; and such it becomes his disciples to be. The more earnestly they
aspire after conformity to his likeness, the more will they feel their deficiency and weakness, and their daily need of that Spirit of all grace whom he has promised; but the more also are they warranted to expect this aid; and the more may they hope to experience in their spiritual history, that, putting on the whole armour of God, “ they are able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.”
MESSIAH AS AN EXAMPLE.
In contemplating that "mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh,” we have to keep in mind that the Messiah, in assuming our nature, had two distinct objects to accomplish, both of which were essential to his great work as Mediator. The one was to bear the weight of Divine justice, in the character of an atoning sacrifice for sin;—the other was to yield a perfect obedience to the Divine law, in the room of those whom he came to save. This latter part of his work as Mediator required that he should assume our nature, bear all its infirmities, and be subjected to all its trials and temptations,—and in that nature triumph over them all. He thus also accomplished a double purpose ;—he fulfilled this important part of his own mediatorial work,—and he left us an example that