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teacher; but justice to the other boys would not allow me to do so.
But although I hope you will deeply feel this disgrace, yet I do not wish you to think that you are quite cast off by us.-No, my dear boy, your welfare is still an object which is dear to us; for we remember still, that you have a soul which will either be saved or lost; and we do not value its salvation at all the less, on account of have ing suspended you for the present from your regular class. We would not on any account quite turn you out of the school, be. cause it would be like our saying, “well, Henry is a very wicked boy, so wicked that we think it is of no use at all to try to do him any more good; we therefore now give him up to be tempted by the devil, and to do any wicked thing that his sinfid heart will lead him to. Oh, my dear Henry, we should tremble to do this; we should have reason to think that the Lord Jesus Christ would be greatly displeased with us. He has commanded us to feed his lambs, to bring them up for him; and he has promised to pay us our wages, and how shall we be able to give account of any that he has committed to us, if we thus give them up in despair.. It is therefore on this account, that we have placed you under the care of another teacher, who will instruct you alone. It is, first, that your bad example may not injure any other boys; and, secondly, because we wish you to have in. creasing attention, and care kept over you. So that really you see, the worse you are, so far from giving you up on that account, we devote the more time and care and attention to you. Our love to your soul as well as the fear of the Saviour's anger
prevent our giving you up; we cannot bear the thought, that your soul, your precious soul, should be lost.--Oh we cannot indeed bear the thought, that the dear boy who can read his Bible, who has been taught so much, for whom so many prayers have been offered, should really perish. This indeed we cannot bear--we wish you to feel that you are disgraced by your sivful conduct, we wish you to feel that the door of the school is shut against you; bxt at the same time we will tell you with more earnestness and affection than ever, that we do long for your salvation, that we shall long for your return; and that the door of mercy and of heaven is not yet shut against you. We wish to say to you this day, that it is not too late, that "yet there
is room:" room yet in the school room : room in your class, in your teacher's heart
room in the church of God, and room for you in heaven-yes, my dear Henry, I can say to you truly, that " yet there is room :" and it is our prayer for you, that you may seek for yourself an interest there; it is our prayer that you may be saved that this mode we have devised of setting apart a teacher for you, may be blessed to you, and
that now (as it will be impossible for you bit to be made careless by others) you will pay
attention to the instruction you will re. ceive, and that you will pray earnestly to God for the change of heart you so inuch need ; that " wherein, you have done wickedly, you may do so no more.”
This then dear Henry is a faithful account of our feelings towards you: although we hate your sins, we do not hate you : no, we love your precious soul, and punish you in this way on earth, boping that the punish.
ment will be so blest here, as to deliver you from eternal punishment in the world to come. Joyfully shall we welcome you back again into the school, and delighted will your teacher be to have you in his class; and, let me also say, joyful will the angels be in heaven, to witness your return. ing ; " for there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repent. eth." Oh that it may soon be felt over you
I wish you particularly to read the para. ble of the “barren fig tree.” Hitherto your case has been like it; and at the present moment we are saying as the gardener did, “Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it, and if it bear fruit well.” Ah! my dear boy, what shall we say about the close of his reply-if not, if not, then after that, thou shalt cut it down ! Oh what awful words, think of thein, dear * Henry, and remember that while we shall not dare to say, “Lord, if he is not better this year thou shalt cut him down,” yet remember that if you still despise the Saviour and reject the way to heaven, the period will
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“ Wiren mercy will no longer spare,
But Justice cut the cuberer dowo." Read also the last verses of the first chapter of Proverbs ; think of them with attention; pray that you may not become hardened in sin; for if you do, I must'assure you that you will find those awful verses to be your miserable condition at the last day, Oh! remember this, that,
"If under means of grace,
No gracious fruits appear;
Though God may long forbear.”
Pray, my dear Henry, that it may not be your case. Again I will tell you, that the Lord Jesus Christ will not reject you, but will give you the Holy Spirit, will cleanse
sin ; yes, make you to become “a new creature," made fit for his service on earth, and his glory in heaven. That this may be the case, is the fervent prayer of
HEBREWS vi. 12. « That ye be not slothful, but followers of them, who through faith and patience inherit the promises." Lord ! may we true followers be, Of that blessed company! Who “ through faith and patience-now" Near thy throne of glory bow. “ Heirs with Christ"_0 wondrous name! All thy promises they claim ; May we hasten on that road, Which they found has led to God. Follow on my dear young friends! Heaven we know will make amends For the troubles of the way; Do not loiter-do not stay.“ Faith and patience"_both we need That we may with zeal proceed : Let us hasten on that road, Which alone can lead to God. Lift your eyes of faith above See the purchase of Christ's love ; Promises “exceeding great" There our glad acceptance wait. Glimpses of them now appear Us to quicken and to cheer Let us keep these stars in view, That we may our road pursue. A. W.
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