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THE

Precepts of Jesus:

A GUIDE THROUGH LIFE

TO IMMORTALITY.

BY THE AUTHOR OF

“The Faithful Fitness," "Footsteps of Jesus,'' etc.

“ Be thou my counsellor,
My pattern and my guide;
And through this desert land,

Still keep me near thy side.
O let my feet ne'er run astray,
Nor rove, nor seek the crooked way."

London:
HAMILTON, ADAMS, & CO.
EDINBURGH: OLIVER & BOYD.

MDCCCLVIII.

741.0.70.

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INTRODUCTION.

It is our incumbent duty “to remember the words of the Lord Jesus,” and give earnest heed to the truths which proceeded from His gracious lips. “Never man spake like this man,” was the testimony of the officers who were sent to apprehend him-a testimony altogether spontaneous and unbribed on the one hand, and most faithful and true on the other.

The whole of His instructions have the highest claims upon our devout regards. In every doctrine He taught, every invitation He uttered, every promise He gave, we should “hear Him;" and while we ought to listen to His voice as He speaks to us in words of encouragement and consolation, we are also to be equally attentive when, in a more practical strain, He enforces the various duties we have to discharge as His followers.

Our attachment to the gospel is very doubtful if we are only concerned about enjoying its privileges, while its demands and obligations are viewed with less favour. But if we take as much delight in the precepts which enjoin holiness of heart and life, as we do in the promises which contain the richest blessings, and insure exemption fr

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the sorest calamities, it is a conclusive evidence that our love of the truth is sincere and genuine.

The following brief exercises, intended for the Christian's daily perusal, are based upon a few of those divine injunctions which the Saviour delivered, and which relate to the spirit we should cherish, and the conduct it becomes us to pursue. Favoured with such lessons from the mouth of the great Teacher, all of which are most impressively enforced by His own bright example, what manner of persons ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness! May each reader of this small volume aspire to reach that high standard which is laid down in these sacred precepts, and thereby afford a living demonstration of the unspeakable superiority of the Christian system to all that ancient sages ever taught, or the most enlightened moralists of more modern times ever inculcated.

February 6, 1858.

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