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inward work, rather than the outward work; and oh! what sermons are preached by “ divine epistles known and read of all men.” Pray that you may see more of yourself, so that you may see wherefore the Lord contends with you. The rays of the Spirit may discover some lurking evil within-some root of bitterness which the heavenly Husbandman would have rooted out, before he employs you as his labourer. There may be a small shoot of a love of power—a love of display—a love of activity to please self—a spirit of self-will—these perhaps have to be rooted up before he gives you the desire of your heart. Your position is a very remarkable one; and though it calls for strong grace, it may bring your God much glory! I know how your tender conscience will desire to conceal the provocations you receive from others, in order not to expose their weaknesses and their sins ; and how a sense of filial duty will lead you to act the part of Shem and Japheth; and beware of the temptation of complaining. “Let your requests be made known unto God, and to him alone.”
FOUR QUALIFICATIONS FOR A TEACHER. Be not discouraged if you do not possess all—be thankful for one.
Use it diligently, and pray for the rest: pleading, “whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance.” (Matt. xiii. 12.)
1. GODLINESS. This is the principal; all others are worthless without it,
It includes 1. A spirit of prayer in and for the work. 2. Faith, that it is God's work. 3. Hope, that you shall, with God's blessing, succeed. 4. Love, for the work, and to the children for Christ's
sake. 5. Humility, so as to be willing to be taught yourself. 6. Perseverance, notwithstanding discouragements. 7. A continual regard to God's purpose and grace
given in Christ to his people.
2. ORDER. This will regulate the exercise of Godliness.
It includes 1. Power, to secure it. 2. Firmness, to maintain it. 3. Quietness, to effect it, with the least disturbance to
the School. 4. Quickness, to do it with the least loss of time.
3. CONDUCT. This will furnish an example to the children.
It includes 1. Reverential manner in holy things; soberness in all
Investigation of grievances.
Conscientiousness in giving attention to 2. Justice each child, quick or dull.
Impartiality in all things; guarding against
likes and dislikes. 3. Diligence. 4. Meekness. 5. Punctuality. 6. Accuracy.
Caution in expressing any resolu
tion. 7. Carefulness in
Not to speak merely for the sake of speaking.
saying something; but only when
you have something to say. 8. Strict fidelity to what has been said. The above qualities will ensure respect and confidence.
These latter qualities will win affection. 9. Kindness and gentleness of manner. 10. Cheerfulness and evenness of temper. 11. Forbearance.
4. ABILITY. This will give practical efficiency to the whole.
It includes 1. Aptness to teach, so as to be able to impart instruc
tion. 2. Attractiveness of manner, so as to secure attention. 3. Discrimination of character and temper. 4. Wisdom, in treating different dispositions.
5. Judgment in expressing approbation; how to notice,
expose, or punish faults, and when to pass
them over. The whole to be enriched and sanctified by an earnest, simple “looking unto Jesus” in prayer and in his Word; by self-cultivation and preparation out of School, that in School there may be no hesitation as to what to do or say; and by a loving spirit, which makes the School felt to be a place where good things are taught both by example and precept!
“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” (2 Tim. i. 7.)
“IN THY PRESENCE IS FULNESS OF JOY.”. If we would be truly happy, either here or hereafter, we should seek it in the knowledge, the love, and the service of the Lord Jesus.
To know him is life eternal. (John xvii. 2.)
The MORE we know him, the more abundant will be our life. (John X. 10.)
The MORE we love him, the more full will be our joy. (Canticles v. 16.)
The BETTER We serve him, the more complete will be our freedom. (Psalm cxix. 165.)
TO INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE OF HIMWe should study his word. (Prov. ii. 1-5.)
We should meditate on his character. (Psalm civ. 34. Canticles üi. 1-11. iv. 148.)
We should rely on his promises. (Psalm ix. 10.)
We should rejoice in every position, however painful, that gives him, if we may so speak, the opportunity of manifesting to us his character. (John xvii. 15. 2 Cor. xii. 9, 10.)
TO INCREASE OUR LOVE TO HIM
We should think of his love to us in becoming poor for our sakes, (2 Cor. 8. 9.) despised, (Psalm xxii. 6, 7.) rejected, (John xviii. 40.) scoffed at, (Mark xv. 29.) scorned, (Mark xv. 17.) treated as a malefactor, (Isaiah lii. 4.) overwhelmed with afflictions and anguish, (Isaiah liii. 10.) cast out for a season from even the Father's presence, (Psalm xxii. 1.) and nailed to the cross bearing the weight of his people's sins and sorrows, (Isaiah liü. 5. Matt. viii. 16, 17.)
We should think also of
HIS LOVE IN PRESENT EXERCISE
Bearing our names on his heart for a memorial before the Lord continually, (Exodus xxviii. 30.) unceasingly mindful of our necessities, (Phil. iv. 19.) sympathizing with our feelings, (Heb. iv. 15.) and sorrows, (Isaiah lxiii. 9.) compassionating our infirmities, (Psalm ciii. 13.) and our errors, (Heb. v. 2.) accepting our imperfect services, (Heb. vi. 10.) recognizing our drooping affections, Cant. iv. 10.) guiding our wandering feet, (Psalm lxxii. 24.) protecting our helplessness, (Psalm cv. 14.) keeping us by his Almighty power and his unchanging constancy. (1 Pet. i. 5.)
TO SERVE HIM MORE FULLYWe should unceasingly set him before us as our pattern, (Eph. v. 1, 2.) we should wait upon him for renewed strength, (Isaiah xl. 31.) look to him for his manifold grace, (Heb. iv. 16.) and follow him wherever he leads us. (Rev. xiv. 4.)
O gracious God and most merciful Father, who hast vouchsafed to us the rich and precious jewel of thy Holy Word; assist us with thy Spirit, that it may be written in our hearts to our everlasting comfort, to reform us, to renew us according to thine own image, to build us up and edify us into the perfect building of thy Christ, sanctifying and increasing in us all heavenly virtues. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.
NEVER DECEIVE A CHILD. Never promise him what you do not intend to perform, Never forget to do for him as you promise. - Train him up in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Do not many forget the importance of this precept in respect to deception? Do they not deceive their children without a thought that they are thus teaching them to deceive? The importance of truth, without art or deception in the management of children, is illustrated by the incident narrated in the following paragraph from a New York paper:
"Two little boys met on the side walk, and, after some minutes spent in conversation, one remarked to the other, that some little thing might be obtained, if he could obtain a few pence from his parents. But,' said the other, 'I do not need any money to obtain it, for my mother told me I should have it at such a time.' *Pho!' said the first; ‘my mother has promised me so a great many times, and I did not get it; and I do not think you will either.' 'What!' said the other. 'O yes,' replied the first, 'our mother only tells us so to get rid of us, and I think it will be so with yours.' 'What! my mother tell a lie! I would sooner believe the Bible told lies than my mother!' exclaimed the little fellow, and immediately left his companion with a countenance filled with indignation. What a lesson should this afford to all parents, guardians, and those who have the care of youth.”
“SHE HATH DONE WHAT SHE COULD.” “She hath done what she could," said the Saviour, of one whose devotion to him led her to the tomb of her crucified Lord, to watch for his resurrection. Young Christian, can that be said of you? “She hath done what she could!” Oh, how full of encouragement is the simple story of Mary's love, especially to the female disciple of the Saviour.