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We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Rom. xv. 1. Considering thyself, lest thou also be tempteu
Gal. vi. 1. Who art thou, that judgest another man's servant ? Rom. xiv. 4. EXTRAORDINARY quickenings and strengthenings being often fol
lowed by particular temptations, conflicts, and sufferings, require a particular watchfulness, if we would be earnest not to provoke the Lord to visit us with sore punishments for our carelessness Fear, therefore, rejoice with trembling, and as a needful means to secure thyself from falling, temper thy joy with true humility and gentleness towards the faults of others. Be never so high-minded, O man, at the miscarriages of others, as to think thou wouldst not do so, should it happen to be thy case ! for if Gol does not hold thee up himself, thou wilt surely make greater mistakes. Therefore, thou hadst better not look upon others, but upon thyself; and, for fear of falling, be continually watchful in prayer. A great many would not have fallen so deep, had they been truly humble and more charitable in judging of others. He who exalteth himself above others, and does not bear with the weak, is sometimes humbled and debased under the very weakest of ałt. Bear, therefore, since God bears with thee; and he that bears most with others, shows the greatest strength. Jesu, Lord, we look to Thée ;
Make us of one heart and inind, Let us in thy name agree;
Courteous, pitiful, and kind, Each to each unite, endear,
Lowly, meek in thought and word, Come and spread thy banner here. Altogether like our Lord !
Thou art my Rock and my Fortress; therefore, for thy name's sake, lead me
and guide me. Ps. xxxi. 4. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them; I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a strait way, wherein they shall not stumble ; for I am a Father to Israel.
Jer. xxxi. 9. HE E that comes in this manner, will certainly be led of God. Now,
O Lord, I am blind, and heartily desire also to be directed by thee alone in all my ways and steps, in great and little things! Suffer me never to follow my own spirit and natural inclinations, whatever good appearance they may have! Be pleaser to cross them continually, whenever they are contrary to thy will! often have I been deceived by false appearances already, my zeal has not always been according to knowledge; - I have put natural passion in the place thereof, and thought I was contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, and have afterwards found it no better than the effects of a party spirit Be then a Father to me, O Lord, and instruct thy waiting child in all necessary truths, and lead me in all thy righteous ways ! Thou art my Portion, O my God! I would be always wholly thine ; And Christ my Living Way ;
O save thy servant, Lord ! Incline mine heat to keep thy word, Thou art my Shield, my Hiding-Place; And on my Christ to stay.
My hope is in thy word. But if I run beside thy paths,
Thou hast inclin'd this heart of mine In mercy stop my race ;
Thy statutes to fulfil ; And turn my feet to thy commands, And thus till mortal life shall end, And heal me by thy grace !
Would I perform thy will !
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, be
cause he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. Isaiah xxvi. 3, 4. Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me, and he shall make peace with me. Chap. xxvii. 5.
To enjoy an undisturbed peace, great care must be taken that we do
not look and depend upon any thing in ourselves, since all is but imperfect, and ever will be so. We are to trust only in the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world, to feed our souls continually in this gospel of peace, and be ever seeking him by diligent prayer, watchful, faithful, quiet, and humble ; for we never lose any thing of our peace, except it is stolen by some pride, or other unguarded affections.
Hence from my son), sad thoughts begone 10, what immortal joys I felt,
And raptures all divine,
And my beloved mine!
And breaks my peace in vain ;
Revives my joys again !
Thy Maker is thine Husband; the Lord of Hosts is his name. The ransomed
of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with song's, and everlasting joy
upon their heads. Isaiah liv. 5; and xxxv. 10. When Cyrus took the king of Armenia, and his son Tigranes, and
their wives and children prisoners, and, upon their humble submission, beyond all hope, gave them their liberty and their lives, – in their return home, as they were all commending Cyrus,
some for his personage, some for his power, some for his clemency, Tigranes asked his wife, . What thinkest thou of Cyrus' is he not a comely and a proper man, of a majestic presence ?" Truly,” said she, “ I know not what manner of man he is, I never looked upon
him.” said he,' where were thine eyes all the while ? upon whom didst thou look ?' “I fixed mine eyes,” said she, "all the while upon
him (meaning her husband) who, in mine hearing, offered to Cyrus to lay down his life for my ransom.”—Thus if any question the devout soul, once indeed captivated by the world, but now enamoured of Christ, her heavenly Bridegroom, whether she is not charmed with the riches, pleasures, and gaieties of the world? — her answer is, That her eyes and her heart are now fixed on a nobler object, even on Him, who not only made an offer, like Tigranes, to die in her stead, but actually laid down his life to ransom her; and as her dear Bridegroom is now in Heaven, her looks are after Him, and she can esteem nothing on earth. in comparison of Him.
Thus shult thou have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou
have any purt among them. I am thy part and thine inheritance. Numb. xviii. 20.
Whoever loves and possesses the Lord Jesus, finds unspeakably more
delight, honour, and riches in him, than in all other things. Then all is willingly denied for his sake, and this denial springs from faith. Now, O Lord, thou art the All I need to make me happy, the only inheritance that can supply my every want, and to draw near to Thee is my greatest joy! I desire to love Thee evermore, and to show that love by keeping thy commandments; and I pray that a sweet sense of thy love to me may become my daily portion, and my only bosomtreasure !
Beset with snares on ev'ry hand,
Then let the wildest storms arise,