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that Jhall come will come, and will not tarry. The jujl Jhall live by faith: but is any man draw back, my foul, faith the Lord, Jhall have no pleasure in him. Be not ye of them who draw back unto perdition: but os them. that believe to the saving of the soul (i).
('') Heb. x. 36—39.
Goodness illustrated by the Character of Barnabas.
Acts, xi. 22—24.
They sent forth Barnabas, that he Jhouldgo as for as Antioch: who, when he came, and had seen the grace os God, ivas glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. For he was a good man, and full of the , Holy Ghojl and of faith.
TN the management of worldly transactions, the soundness of the principles upon which we conduct ourselves is a circumstance of prime moment to our success. If the man of science builds his speculations on a groundless theory, and sustains them by,an unphilosophical process; shall not they terminate in emptiness and disappointappointment? If the Commander embarked in a perilous enterprise, has formed an erroneous judgement concerning its nature, and measures its facilities or its difficulties by a false standard; (hall not the event be disastrous? Is it not then of inexpressible concern that, in pursuing the interests of eternity, you should contemplate them with discerning eyes; and estimate, by a true criterion, every particular which is essential to the attainment of your object? The man of science may renew his labours on a firmer basis. The Commander, reaping wisdom from defeats, may conquer in another campaign. Not so the departed spirit, wilfully estranged, while, in the body, from the path of sinal happiness. Disappointment in that pursuit is ruin for ever,
There are few subjects respecting which a more conspicuous variety of judgement prevails than exists with regard to goodness. How numerous, how discordant are the standards by which it is measured! Enter the crowded circle of society, and advert to some of the different characters, to which you hear the term Good continually and confidently applied.
First: there is the decent and orderly man. He is so regular in his attendance
on the ordinances of the church, so punctual in his dealings, so free from gross and open vice, so unobstrufive in demeanour, so decorous in all his proceedings ; that he speedily establishes his claim to the title of a good man. If, when called upon to applaud him as such, you venture to pause for additional information: if, before you deliver your opinion, you wish to obtain grounds for judging whether, while he bears the form of godliness, he also manifests the power thereof; whether his religion is an outside coat, a superficial varnish, or a principle of penetrating influence, warming and governing the heart: you are instantly decried as censorious and uncharitable and never to be satisfied. "What," you are asked, " is goodness ; if so respect** able and exemplary a man as this is not "good?"
Then comes the liberal man, and prefers his claim. His pretensions are instantly admitted. He is so open-hearted and benevolent; so prompt to empty his purse; so kind to^the poor; so hospitable to his friends! If you begin to examine, however modestly, however in conformity with ambiguous appearances, whether his liberality may not be thoughtless profusion; wheI ther ther his benevolence may not be a mete. natural feeling; whether his hospitalitymay, not be the indulgence of sensuality1 and ostentation; whether other parts of his conduct uphold or contradict. the supposition of his goodness: you are encountered with vehement declarations that a better man never existed; and are silenced with the perverted text, that charity coveretb a multitude of Jim.
Then comes an opposite character; the industrious and frugal man. So much laudable diligence in his business; so much care to provide for his family; so much exertion, so much patience; so much perseverance, so much self-denial; such exemption from parade, from noise, from extravagance, from' dissipation: here is an example of laborious virtue! If you intimate a doubt whether his labours exemplify any disposition beyond covetousness; you are treated as a man determined to find fault, as one whom neither generosity nor frugality can please.
The next person who demands notice is the cautious man. His object is never to give offence. He fays civil things of every person; yet not so civil of any person as to excite the jealousy of another. He