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brute animal which encounters death in defence of its young. The quality of a deed is stamped by the motive. On every occasion examine not only what you do, but why you do it. Nothing is service to God, but that which is done from love to God. Does either reason or the Gospel authorize you to expect that God should reward a deed which is not intended as service to Him? Let me leave before you this practical truth; and may divine grace impress it upon your bosoms: that nothing is Goodness, which does not proceed from love to God; and that no one is a good man, unless the love of God be habitually i the ruling principle of his life.
'r. .: On Pride.
Prov. xvi. 5.
Eiery one that is proud in Heart is an Abomination to the Lord. ,' .\..-;
N the maladies which assault the human body, a marked distinction prevails as to the relative extensivenefs of their influence. Of some the force is nearly exhausted upon the organ or the limb on which they fasten. Others, deeply rooted in the constitution^ pervade the general system: and in every different state of the frame, and in every different mode of life, advance their machinations, and prepare their sinal triumph. Fulness of blood stimulates the internal foe: debility meets it with languid resistance: exertion accelerates its progress: sedentary habits facilitate its inroads. A
kindred kindred analogy discriminates the distempers of the mind. Some, as hatred and terror, firmly fixing upon particular objects, are little excited on ordinary occasions. Others, aspiring to general sway, find, under all circumstances and at every period, opportunities of gratification. Of passions of this character the most eminent' is Pride. Justly does it claim the denomination of an universal passion. Age or sex or situation exempts not from its controul. Body and mind, virtues and vices, it presses into its service. The heart may sicken, the understanding may recoil, at the prospect. But on every side the scene is the fame.' We behold men proud in health, proud in the chamber of disease;- proud in public,' proud in retirement; proud of their fru-?! gality, proud of their profusion; proud of their sobriety, proud of their intemperance j proud of their pride; proud of their hu-; milky.
Listen to the character ascribed by different families to each other. How general is that of pride! To some households.} covetousness is attributed as an hereditary failing; to some, irascibility; to some^ s^s*.j picion. How much, larger is the number to which pride is imputed!. ;Howl&w are ..; ;> . ',..i . :,;. ' '.:. 1:1 ''''. '-'' . o.,nj:.pyei#
even the individuals among your acquaintance whom, sooner or later, you have not known to be delineated as proud! How frequently has the charge, whether true or false, whether urged against families or individuals, been brought forward through the impulse of pride in the person who advances it! Of the bickerings, the jealousies, the offences, the dislikes, which separate neighbours from each other, how. large a proportion originates in Pride, manifested by one party or by both!
In the day ye eat os the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, said the author of evil to our first parents, then your eyes shall be opened; and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Pride was the passion to which he addressed himself. Who art thou among the descendents of the original transgressors, who accurately scrutinisest thy bosom, and detectest not pride at the bottom of thy heart? Who art thou that, after impartial and comprehensive scrutiny, discernest not pride to be more powerful in thy bosom than almost any other, if not than every other, rebellious propensity?
In order that we may the more distinctly contemplate pride as to its nature and its., consequences ; let us, in the first place, con
Vol. II. K side* sides some of its modes of operation: fecondly.jits contrariety to religious principle1 and to the example of our Lord: and, 'thirdly, the judgements which by the ap-> pointment of God have been annexed to it. We shall then be prepared to apply some concluding reflections to ourselves.
I. Let us begin with the consideration of national pride. Trace in geographical order the several kingdoms and states by which we are surrounded. Inquire the character of each from attentive observers, to whom by long familiarity it has been
. developed. You will perceive different regions respectively separated and defined by appropriate marks of moral discrimination: and you will perceive one mark extended to all. This people will be described as courageous; that, as interested; that, as fickle; that, as circumspect. But, 1 before the description be completed, you will hear each characterized as proud. Listen to the voice of nations conversing
, with each other in the public language of manifestoes and memorials. How often is pride the master-note by which the whole strain-and cadence is governed! Listen to their, most retired intercourse imparted by the records . of secret negotiation. The ....... - ''' master