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would be abolished; all our officers would be peace, and all our exactors righteousness. Violence would be po more heard in the land, wasting or destruction within our borders; our walls would be called Salvation, and our gates Praise.
Such would be the effects produced, were this precept embodied in the hearts and lives of men. The moral wilderness would be made like Eden, and the desert would rejoice and blossom as the rose. Instead of the thorn, would come up the fir-tree, and instead of the brier, the myrtletree; and it would be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign, that should not be cut off. Truly can it be said,
“This golden lesson, short and plain,
Gives not the mind or memory pain;
And form a Paradise below.”
violation of this simple but sublime law. Let us seek, especially, to mortify that selfishness to which we are so prone ; and, after the example of the Great Master, “Let us look, not on our own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory; but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others letter than themselves. Let this mind be in you which was also in Chrisi Jesus."
21st Day, “He that is not with me is against me, and
he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad.”—Matt. xii, 30.
In the world there are Pentrality Condemned. discussed, and many con
many opposite subjects
, flicting causes advocated, in reference to which we may say that we are on neither side ; but as to the claims of Christ, and the concerns of religion, neutrality is altogether impossible. It is clearly revealed in the word of God that there are but two ways, in one or other of which all mankind are travelling. There is no middle condition. It we are not the friends of God we are his enenies. If we are not quickened by divine grace, we are dead in trespasses and sins. if we are not pardoned, we are condemned. It is impossible to occupy any neutral ground between the armies of the Prince of light and the Prince of darkness. “We know," says the apostle John "that we are of
God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." All, it is true, are not
. equally holy on the one hand, and all have not gone to the same length in sin on the other; but while there may be thus manifold gradations, there is but one separating line whereby the whole race of Adam are divided. “Then shall ye return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not."
Who," was the inquiry of Moses, " is on the Lord's side ?" A more important question cannot be proposed. Reader ! should you not resolve, by the help of divine grace, that you will now be on that side which you will wish to be on when the trump of the archangel shall sound, and when the startled dead shall be swarming from their sepulchres to hear their final doom? Be assured that the Lord's side is the happiest, the safest, and the most honourable; it is the side on which are found all the holy and loyal throughout
the whole universe; it is the side of truth and righteousness, of love, mercy, and peace. If we are on the Lord's side, he will be upon ours, and having him for our guardian and guide, we need not be alarmed though ten thousand foes should set themselves against
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear ? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid ?"
If we would, then, be undefended in the hour of danger; if we would be left without succour and support in the day of affliction and distress; if we would have our souls uncheered with a single ray of hope when the last enemy shall stare is in the face; if we wouli
us be undone to all eternity, and have our portion with those who will be banished from the presence of the Lord and the glory of his power; if such be our desire, let us choose the side of the ungodly, pursue their carnal pleasures, and walk according to the course of this present evil world. But if we