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are God's revelation to the world.” That sacred book is not read by the careless and ungodly multitude, but they are not backward in reading the character of the followers of Christ. How important is it, then, that they should give, by their spirit and deportment, à correct representation of our holy religion! What a blessed thing it would be if all the members of our churches could be addressed in the language of the apostle,—“Do we begin again to commend ourselves ? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you ? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
Great is the power of impassioned oratory, as embodied in burning words, and pathetic gestures, and flowing
tears; but, after all, there is no eloquence so effective as that of a pure, upright, consistent life. It shames the accusers of our holy faith ; it puts to silence the ignorance of foolish men, and often constrains them, by the good wirks which they behold, to glorify God in the day of visitation.
Christian ! let it be your earnest prayer and daily endeavour to be kept from dishonouring that worthy name by which you are called. Prefer, a thousand times over, to suffer for Christ rather than that He should suffer by you. Recommend the doctrine of God your Saviour, not in some, but in all things. Recommend it by the purity of your conversation, by the blamelessness of your life, by the integrity of your dealings, by your abhorrence of all that is mean and unmanly. Recommend it in the various conditions in which you may be placed in prosperity and adversity, in obscurity and eminence, in health and sickness, in joy and sorrow, in youth and age, in life and
17TH DAY, “And he spake a parable unto them to this
end, that men ought always to pray and not to faini."-Luke xviii. 1.
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tended the importunity Kupplication. and perseverance of the poor widow, whose case is here referred to, should stimulate and encourage us in our approaches to the Divine footstool. The person whom she addressed was an unjust and hard-hearted judge; but He with whom we have to do is very pitiful and of tender mercy, being more ready to hear than we are to pray, and is wont to give not merely more than we deserve, but exceeding abundantly above all we can solicit or desire.
It must, however, be remembered that the prayer which God honours, and in answer to which He bestows His promised blessings, is heart-felt, fervent, wrestling prayer. Such was the prayer of Jacob on the memorable night which preceded his interview with his brother death. Let there be nothii was alones that will contribute to the a man miehimn. of your religious charact the day. Sabiene ihat every grace may be the day breakteth. abound more and more. let thee go, faith virtue, and to viree was blessed: and to knowledge tem with God and tenperance patience,