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desirous to honour his heavenly Father by faith and calmness, and to do “ the right thing" for himself, and for others who may be in want of succour. All these consi. derations and purposes may be the work of a single moment in his mind. Instant prayer, instant faith, instant composure, instant resolution, all lie within his reach, if only he exercise grace habitually to turn toward the mercyseat.
Christian Self-possession is the genuine effect of faith and love, aided by experience; for the saint, who lives by these, feels that he does not so much keep himself, as God keeps him. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.
But there are many inconsiderate persons, who, besides the infirmity of natural nervousness, know very little of the efficacy of direct (it may be, speechless) prayer: who, consequently, if sudden danger approaches them, are at their wits' end. Either they are bewildered with extreme terror, and hurry from place to place without meaning; or, they are struck dumb and motionless, and leave all to the by-standers. They can only yield to their feelings : they lose themselves, sometimes even when safety was close at hand. If they attempt to help others out of accidents of fire, drowning, or similar dangers, they are so agitated, that they even increase the alarm and peril of those whom they should quietly aid.
It is well to fear in times of prosperity: but, in times of trouble, God will see what measure of hope we enjoy in Him. David, used to dangers from his youth up, in the sheep-folds, in the camp, the wilderness, and the city, knew well the power of faith in a tried God-what peace, what self-possession, what alacrity, what steadfastness, it gives. He was “ quiet from fear of evil”; “not afraid of evil tidings”; with a heart that could "stand fast, trusting in the Lord.”
He could “meditate terror"; not as a man does, view. ing from some lofty cliff a terrible storm at sea ; but as one embarked himself on the deep waters, tossed with tempest, yet assured that all shall end well. “ Therefore"-and it is said so calmly " therefore will we not fear.”
In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy 'comforts delight my soul.—Psalm xciv. 19.
When care and grief absorb us, our best faculties are thrown into such a state of stupor and disorder, that they scarcely seem to answer their proper uses. Memory is confused ; the judgment, at fault ; the will, divided. But, as a short retired walk in the fields will often restore the tone of the spirits ; so a brief " time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord ” will generally revive the energies of the heart. Forgetting the former tumult of the passions, we feel how free and active the mind is, when it has learned to BE CALM.
LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned ehild.
Let Israel hope in the Lord from henceforth and for ever.—Psalm cxxxi.
It is supposed, by some, that this Psalm was written by David, in reference to his expected elevation to the throne.
To be so near power and dignity, and yet not to grasp at them; to be assured of them by prophecy and by anoint. ing, and yet not to muse on the thought how he would act the king—was an evidence, not so much of intellectual su. periority, as of profound humility. He trusted, that as God had appointed him, he would also in due season qualify him for royalty.—This was very different from the conduct of Saul, who seems to have had a qualm of false humility, when he hid himself among the stuff. (1 Sam. x. 22.) Saul shrinks from the call of duty: while the man after God's own heart waits for the call, and then obeys it. (2 Sam. ii. .
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity!
It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard, that went down to the skirts of his garments;
As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. - Psalm cxxxiii.
There is great beauty in this comparison of holy affections to the ointment with which Aaron was anointed, from the circumstance that it might not be counterfeited. (See Exodus xxxv. 22–28.)
When intelligent, active, sympathizing love reigns in a family, or in a community, the scene is as near heaven as any thing on earth can be. What then will heaven be, where nothing enters but perfect love; and that, for ever!
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.—Proverbs iii. 3.
These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.—vi. 16–19.
“ Yea, seven !” Mark the seventh abomination ; for the Holy Spirit condescends to use the language of emphasis ; and this abomination is to be found, not in the world only, but also in the professing Church — “ among brethren.” The word is not a little expressive, “He that soweth” ! The mischievous troubler of religious society does not foresee all the evil that will in due season spring up from his meddling ; but, he sows the seed. He drops a few hints here and there-suspicions and evil surmisings-significant doubts and questions-half-told tales—low whispers and ambiguous insinuations. These are the seed. Wormwood and gall are not more bitter, thistles not sharper, nightshade not more deadly, than the fruits of that seed which he scatters up and down.
But, how happens it that “Brethren” are thus liable to be thrown into discord ? It is, because they were not con. stantly living as brethren, before the temptation arose. To “love the brotherhood” implies that we watch and pray for one another, and give and take Christian counsel and reproof, in the spirit of meekness. When brethren are thus united in Christ, they will warn off the discord-sower from their company. But if pride, self-conceit, love of pre-eminence, lukewarmness, or common-place profession prevail, the way is open for any error, any bad temper, to occupy the ill-guarded ground.
The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.— Proverbs x. i.
Train up a child in the way he should go : and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child ; but the ind of correction shall drive it far from him.TIL. 6. 13.
Tithhuild not correction from the child : for, if ut. Beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
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My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.--xxiii. 13—15.
The rod and reproof give wisdom; but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.—xxix. 15. 17.
The Scripture-maxims on EDUCATION are all based on the doctrine of Original Sin. The bent of children's hearts is wrong from the very first; and nothing but early, con. tinual, wise, firm and patient discipline, with the blessing of God upon that discipline, can bend the heart right again.
On so well-discussed a subject as this, my pen can offer nothing new; but I shall simply put together some memoranda, which have long been lying by me, on the management of the Temper of children and of the young. And I will begin by attempting a truly painful task-to deli. neate the features of one of the most afflicted and afflicting characters in existence, “A Spoiled Child.”
- He must not he contradicted; nor set to do any thing he does not like; must be helped first ; and, to the best on the table; wants something different from what is offered him; may change when, and as, he pleases; may choose for himself, and order about; must be pleased ; soon after waking in the morning, finds something to be out of humour for; if quieted down for a little, is soon ready for another pet ; cannot settle, either to work, or play ; discontented, he does not know why; if hurt, cries so that all the house shall hear; may throw the blame where he pleases-on his brothers, sisters, cousins, the servants, &c.; never bears the blame himself; gives pert, smart answers ; thinks himself clever, and able to solve all difficulties; swift to speak, slow to hear ; loves to be admired and praised ; vexed, if he is not, or if others are, noticed; has no notion that other people feel; masters his father, if he can; torments and coaxes his mother; if justly punished by father, mother, tutor, &c., he turns upon them with resentment, as though he were the injured party;