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a law which requires us to glorify God, both with our bodies and spirits, which
How fearful was the charge brought against the impious monarch of old“The God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified." Reader! beware lest the same charge be brought against thee. That it may not, seek to ascertain what the divine requirements are, with a full determination to comply therewith. And what doth the Lord thy God require of thee? He requires thy warmest gratitude—“for whoso offereth praise glorifieth me.” He requires thy fullest confidence, so that, like the father of the faithful, thou mayest be strong in faith, giving glory to God.” And, above all, he requires that every feeling and faculty of thy nature be consecrated, in unreserved devotedness to Him. 66 What wilt thou have me to do?” should be thy daily inquiry, and to be ever abounding in the work of the Lord should be thy constant aim and object. Seek, then, to be filled with all the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
" Love your enemies, bless them that curse
you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."-Matthew v. 44. The This precept, like every
other which the Saviour Important
delivered, was strikingly Jujunction. exemplified in his own history. The spirit which He manifested towards those who hated Him with the most bitter hatred, was truly admirable. Let us think of Him especially while passing through the trying scenes which issued in His death. At His trial the officers of government were convinced of His innocence, and therefore acquitted Him. But this would not satisfy His foes, who were determined to take away His life; and hence on the very day on which He was publicly declared to be guiltless, He was led forth to die. Yonder is the meek sufferer, driven on by a shouting, infuriated rabble up the hill of Calvary. In a short time He reaches its summit, and, after being stripped of His raiment, He is stretched upon the ignominious cross. Large iron spikes, strong enough to bear the weight of a man's body, are hammered through His hands and feet; and He is then lifted up between heaven and earth, a spectacle of shame and agony, naked, and wounded, and bleeding. When thus suspended, the crowds mock Him, the scribes and priests revile Him, and the soldiers with rude violence torment Him. But while all this is going on, let us turn to look at Him; let us contemplate that visage which is so marred, and that blessed face which is spit upon and buffeted. And what does it express ? In all its lines there are indications of grief and bitter anguish, but there are no traces of any thing approaching to resentment or revenge. Let us, however, not merely gaze upon His countenance, but listen His voice. It is addressed to Him who is the God of truth and righteousness, and who executeth judg
ment for those that are oppressed. And for what does He ask? Is it for legions of angels to avenge the insults He receives ? Is it for the thunderbolt to strike, or the consuming flame to devour, the impious wretches around Him? Not so; but lifting up His languid eyes to heaven, He cries, “ Father, forgive then, for they know not what they do ?” What a prayer to issue from the quivering lips of one so cruelly treated! What a spirit for Him to manifest while thus mocked, insulted, tormented !
In the apostle Paul we have also a striking example of the same feeling. On one occasion we hear him saying, “Not that I have ought to accuse my own nation of.” But how could that be, since it is well known that they cherished the bitterest animosity towards him ? Who was it that hunted him from place to place, even as David was hunted by Saul, like a partridge upon the mountains ? Who was it that shouted in a burst of malignant frenzy, “Away with such a fellow from the