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tears; but, after all, there is no eloquence so effective as that of a pure, upright, consistent life. It shames thé 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 would be His entirely and for ever, an: 1 then to break our vows, and prove faithless in the face of the most
and deliberate promises !
Reader! dread the most distant thought of putting your hand to the plough and then turning back. Having entered the army of Christ, resolve, in the strength of His grace, never to become a deserter, but to fight His battles at all hazards, and to stand your ground until you become either a corpse or a conqueror. “Never give up! though the grape shot may rattle,
Or the full thunder-cloud o'er you burst; Stand like a rock, and the storm and the battle,
Little shall harm you, though doing their worst. Never give up! if adversity presses,
Providence wisely has mingled the cup; And the best counsel in all your distresses
Is the stout watchword of-Never give up!"
" Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."-Matt. v. 16. The What unspeakable injury
has been done to the cause of Shiniug Christ by the inconsistent
Light. lives of 'many professors of religion! To this must be mainly as. cribed the comparatively little progress which Christianity has hitherto made. It is this that emboldens the scoffer, that encourages the profligate, that strengthens the hands of the infidel, and that seals the eyes of the impenitent in death-like slumber.
Those who bear the name of Jesus should ever remember that the eyes of an ungodly world are upon them, and that their impression of the gospel, both in its nature and results, is derived from what they witness in the conduct of those who are identified with it. "The Bible," as one observes, “is God's revelation to Christians and Christians 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, a 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."