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salt, ministering grace unto those that hear
Our lips shall move in prayer, and in thanksgiving, and in sacred hymn. We shall be telling of God's salvation from day to day, and we may hope to be of the number of those, who shall sing the song of Moses and the Lamb for ever and ever, world without end.
Be this, then, our care, to take heed how and what we hear, and to keep a watch over the door of our lips, that we offend not with our tongue.
“From worldly strife, from mirth unblest
Drowning Thy music in the breast,
“From idle words, that restless throng,
That haunt our hearts when we would pray,
But, Christian brethren, if we refuse to hear our Saviour's Ephphatha,'—if we keep fast our tongue, when He would loose it,a day will come, alas! to our utter misery
1 Christian Year. Twelfth Sunday after Trinity,
and woe, when we can be deaf and dumb no longer. The trumpet shall sound, sweeping through the tombs of ages, sounding into the darkest caverns of the earth, loud above the roar of the great waters, calling every man to Judgment, and all-all shall then hear the voice of the Son of Man, and every tongue shall then confess Jesus to be the Lord, if not to their endless joy, then to their everlasting shame and endless unhappiness.
Let us come then now, brethren, and hear what comfortable words our Saviour Christ saith unto all that truly turn unto Him. Come we then now, and let our tongues be restrained from evil, be loosened to utter the holy imaginings of a sanctified heart. And, then, in the Day of Terror, we shall hear His gracious absolving words, “Come, ye blessed," and we shall sing of His love, and tell His praise, and shew forth His glory with angels and saints in heaven, for ever and for ever.
Consider the Lilies of the field.
[Preached at S. Giles' on the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity, Sept. 4, 1842.]
FROM THE GOSPEL FOR THE DAY.
S. MATTHEW vi. 28.
“CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD, HOW THEY GROW."
Our blessed Lord has here taught us, what great lessons may be learnt from little things, by those who have eyes to see and hearts to understand withal. It was, when He was on the Mount and His disciples with Him, and the multitudes congregated around, listening to the gracious words which fell from His lips. They heard One speaking to them, and “never man spake as He,” and to us, too, is granted the same high privilege, to be instructed by our Saviour's own Divine Teaching. May God Almighty grant, that we may not be hearers only, but doers also of the word!
Our blessed Lord, I said, has shown us how things which man accounts to be small and vile may ofttimes convey weighty lessons or infold within them, as it were, momentous truths; how the grain of mustard seed, the smallest of seeds, may yet contain the embryo of a mighty tree; how beneath the clods of earth may often be hidden pearls of great price. But, my brethren, do we judge thus, are we disposed thus meekly to learn wisdom? Are we not too often tempted to despise the poor, and mean, and lowly, and like the Jews of old to seek some great and resplendent sign? Thus, water seems a poor channel by which to convey the Spirit; or, it seems a hard matter to believe that a weak little helpless infant, without understanding, dependent altogether upon others, can yet be loved of our Saviour, and a receiver of regenerating grace,-can be made a child of God and an heir of immortality. Bread and wine seem poor things by which to unite us to Christ.