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with what we were by nature, and obtain deep and affecting views of in comparison with the mass of man- our holy calling as sons of God and kind. “And surely it becomes us his ambassadors, our conversation by prayerful self-examination to and devotional exercises would be ascertain whether this be the fact. more suitable to our office. A rec
The question, however, supposes ollection that the eyes of the unseen that though we may have some de- world are upon us has a salvtary ingree of spirituality of mind ; yet fluence upon our minds. that degree is small in comparison conscious of the presence of the with what it should be. And it is arch foe of God and man, we should presumed that each of us can say, unquestionably place a greater * I see my need of growth in grace." guard upon our conduct. “I see my need of means to pro- could we see the legions who often mote my spirituality." While we meet with the sons of God, we hope that by divine grace we have should constantly watch, lest they some love for spiritual and heaven should gain an advantage over us. ly things; and particularly for the And could we see holy angels glorious character of onr God and now waiting around us, hearing our Saviour, and the truths which spec- words, watching our movements ially relate to his kingdon and sal with holy solicitude for our best invation; we konw that our love is terest, and that of our respective languid and cold in conparison charges; it would produce such a with the worthiness of the object frame of mind, as would prove an beloved. And doubtless we may effectual barrier against levity in
the more we think on our conversation and manners. But want of suitable feelings of heart especially, did we now behold Imtoward Christ and the way of life manuel seated in the room with us, through him, the more we find oc- taking cognizance of all our thoughts casion to blush and humble our- words and deeds, of the motives selves before Him..
which brought us together, of the And hence the need that onr measures we pursue for our own meetings should be so conducted, improvement and the salvation of as to promote our spirituality. I our people, the sight would fill us would next give some hints, which with solemn awe. It would banit is hoped, may be profitable in ish from our minds every vain and this respect.
foolish thought; it would impose a I think a recollection, before we restraint upon our lips ; it would assemble, of our high calling as fire our hearts with love to our gloChristians and as ministers of Christ, rious Visitant. Love too would be might be profitable. It is certain excited toward his people, and tothat when we are most impressed ward the souls for whom he shed with the grace and love of God in his precious blood, but why are yet calling us out of nature's darkness in their sins. We should all feel into his marvellous light, in recon- and express the deepest humiliation onciling us to himself and bringing of soul in view of our unholiness and us unto the responsible office of am- unfaithfulness in his cause. Yes, bassadors for the Prince of glory; if grace were in exercise, we should we are then least inclined to employ all be prostrate at his feet, begging our speech in a way unprofitable for his pardoning mercy and for And here let me reinark, that the grace to help in future. tongue has much influence to ren- Now, Brethren, have we not reader our meetings profitable or un- son to conclude that the enemy of profitable.
our souls presents himself in this But could we, before we meet, place, that he may discover eur
Zeal, or the want of it, in the cause our office, and live for Christ; our of our Divine Redeemer ; that he influence is constantly tending, with may learn our designs of storming the blessing of God, to lead others his kingdom, and thus be prepared to heaven. Probably there is not himself for the attack-that he may an adult soul going to heaven from prepare to prevent all the good we our congregations, without exerting might derive from this meeting, some influence to draw others there. and the good we may attempt to
There is not an adult ner from accomplish among our charge.- our congregations going to hell, Yes, he learns our designs by our without exerting an influence more conversation and movements, and or less directly to lead others to he proceeds accordingly.
that place of torment. This is And have we not reason to con- more emphatically so with respect clude that holy angels are waiting to the ministers of Christ. And around with deep solicitude for our souls besides our own will, " while best interest, and that of the peo- immortality endures,” in heaven ple to whom we minister? They or hell, reap some fruits from our watch for our good. They watch present conduct and purposes, and to learn what methods we will de- our future proceedings. Now vise to glorify their Lord and ours. would nota recollection of this tend
And here sits the Lord of an- to promote an increase of onr spirgels! Behold, his eye pierces our ituality ? hearts. He sees and approves ev- To avoid all light and humorery prudent and scriptural meas- ous conversation is absolutely necure we may adopt, to save the souls essary to our maintaining a spiritof men and to promote his kingdom ual frame of mind. Under this in the world. "He beholds and dis- head I would rank all anecdotes approves all unholiness of motive, which have no tendency to illustrate thought or deed. Yes, here is the divine truth, inform the understandblessed God, Father, Son and Holy | ing, or improve the moral taste. operations with approbation or a lost a solemn and devotional frame frown, and will not a recollection of of mind, by yielding to the temptathe fact that the eyes of the unseen tion of relating or hearing some huworld are upon us, tend to promote morous anecdote. But us, our spirituality ?
surely not less than others, lies the A recollection that we are form- injunction, * Let your speech ing characters for eternity would bo always with
seasoned prove salutary. We are forming with salt,” and to us the Lor: hath our own characters for heaven or said, “ For every idle word that hell ! Not a day passes, but brings men shall speak, they shall give acus nearer to our eternal home; and count thereof in the day of judg. as we hasten thither, we are growing into a fitness for it, whether And a command of the Holy One, that home be blessed or miserable. should certainly tend to promote We are also, in a very important spirituality in us, “Be ye holy; for, sense, forming the characters of I'am holy.” Sufficiency of busihundreds around us, to sit with ness is important, if we would keep Christ in his kingdom ; or sink with our minds spiritual. And a recolthe tempter to endless wo. We lection of the example of Christ and are a savor of life unto life, or of his apostles, would have a salutadeath untodeath. As we cultivate ry effect, when we assemble in our holy affections in ourselves ; as we ministerial capacity. What would faithfully discharge the duties of our blessed Lord do in such a meet
ing? What would be the subjects from whom shall we derive strength of his meditation? What the themes and grace to discharge any duty, of his conversation? What the tem- but from the Lord? per of his mind?
To him, then, we should humbly But after all, it may be enquired, go for grace to render us heavenly how are we, in futue, to remind minded, and keep us so; and for ourselves of these things, which tend grace to perform every incumbent thus to promote spirituality? My duty. I have used great freedom brethren will, in their prudence, in giving these hints. But I am with devise some means to effect it. brethren, with Christian brethren,
I would however remark, that and they will faithfully but kindly secret prayer immediately preced- reprove what is wrong, and forgive ing our meetings, would tend to They will bear with me still, if I remind us of the most important hint, that our present and future means to promote this object, and peace, our usefulness and comfort also would in itself be one of the in the ministry, our acceptance with best of means. Spirituality in us our glorious Lord and Master, and is but a resemblance of Christ. our future crown of glory-all call And we well know that we are ac- us to see that we grow in spiritualicustomed to catch the habits of ty. Nay, the time past is sufficthought and life of those with whom ient that we, who assemble at stawe often converse. The more then ted periods as miristers of the goswe converse with the Lord in pray- | pel, and ambassadors of the Lord er, the more we catch his temper of hosts, have been too far under and grow unto his likeness. Be
the influence of a worldly temper, sides, when we have been convers- and that our meetings have been ing much and intimately with him, productive of but little good. we cannot soon unbend and become
Christian Mirror. worldly in our affections. And
From the Religious Advocate. tercourse and conversation with
BROTHERLY LOVE. them, we neglect intercourse with Brotherly love is a duty much in
him. But if we practise the vaculcated in the scriptures, as fur
rious duties of Christian love tonishing one of the clearest eviden- wards our brethren, Christ receives ces of a true disciple of Christ. — it as done to him, and as an expressThe treatment we manifest towards
ion of our love for him. The cul. our brethren, is considered by tivation of brotherly love, therefore Christ as our treatment of himself. is highly pleasing to Christ; and He says,
“ Inasmuch as ye have just in proportion as this grace flourdone it unto one of the least of these ishes in any church, love to Christ my brethren, ye have done it unto there abounds.
And, * Inasmuch as ye did But it may be asked, when the it not to one of the least of these, members of a church are generally
a ye did it not to me.” Consequent in a state of spiritual declension,
| ly, if we be indifferent towards his and exhibit little of the spirit of disciples, we are indifferent towards Christ, how can I cordially love him. If we speak evil of them, or them? I answer, imitate Christ, treat them with any unkindness, love them as he loves them, love such conduct is directed against them as he loves you. When you
If we neglect Christian in- have sinned, has Christ ceased to
love you? Has he not continued to only, but by the impression and cherish you, and carry you in his divine evidence of brotherly love. arms, and regard you as his, by an It is greatly to be lamented that everlasting covenant? When he this heaven-born principle is so lithas corrected you, has it not been tle cultivated in our churches. A in tender love? Though you have brother who is offended with a often wounded him since, you were
brother, harbours, for a long time, numbered with his family; yet he feelings of displeasure, and takes has never been
no proper measures to reclaim him. forsaken you.
Imitate Christ in He often, indeed, proclaims his the treatment of your brethren.- faults to other brethren, and to the When a brother dishonours Christ, world: and seems more desirous to be grieved, but not angry; for he is instil into them the same dislike to a very 'near and dear brother. him, than to promote his reforinaKindly tell him of his fault, and tion. It is difficult to say in such entreat him, with humility, to wipe a case, which is the greatest offenaway the stain on his Christian der. Their comparative criminalcharacter. Perhaps, like Peter, heity can be known only to him who will soon repent, and unite with commanded them to love one anothyou more cordially, then ever before, in every Christian duty. Besides this gross violation of
Look upon every Christian broth- Christian duty, we often observe er as one whom the Saviour has great indifference existing between chosen for your fellow-labourer in brethren, even when there is no dishis vineyard. View him as one ap
We see no marked pointed to be your companion for difference in their complacency ever in heaven. Though he be im- towards each other, and towards perfect now, he is soon to be a the world. They 'take very little spotless saint, and will unite his interest in each other, as members voice with yours, in the eternal of Christ's house.
It can now song How should your heart, rarely be said, as in ancient times, then, glow with affection towards a 66 See how these Christians love brother, to whom you sustain a re
one another." lation so endearing and so elevat- From this indifference among the ed.
professed disciples of Christ, unThe system of truth, received by renewed men naturally infer, that the Christian church is a system of there is nothing in his religion that love. In the love of Christ the endears its professors to each othchurch first had its being. By his er, more than is found in other solove it has been perpetuated, and cieties.
cieties. But we know, brethren, by it will exist forever. It claims that there are infinitely stronger no other beauty than the beauty of and more endearing ties to bind us love. It aspires to no other glory, together, than can exist in any soas its highest consummation than the ciety of human origin. And shall glory of love. Let those then who we stupidly submit to have our hoare admitted by their Lord into his ly religion degraded by so unworspiritual kingdom, manifest by their thy a comparison? This can never unfeigned affection for each other, be prevented, except by the cultithat this principle, which constitutes vation of brotherly love. the beauty of his church, reigns in The means by which this divine their hearts and governs their con- principle may be most successfully duct. Let it be known that they promoted, will be found in a careare brethren, not by profession | ful adherence to those rules con
cerning it, which are given in the every favourable opportunity of gospel. We should be kindly meeting for conversation and affectioned one towards another."' prayer. By these means religion We should " speak often one to
will be honoured, our sphere of another,” respecting the doctrines, usefulness enlarged, our best and duties, and excellence of the Christ- | purest happiness promoted; and ian religion; make friendly inquiry we shall do much as hamble instrurespecting each other's trials, en- ments to harmonize and beautify joymeilts and fidelity; and improve the kingdom of Christ, W.
From the Western Recorder. are also furnished with the reason Mr. Editor.-By answering for the prohibition. It is, that the the following queries, you will grat. propagators of error are deceitful ify at least one of your readers. and dangerous.--"They shall de
N. Y. ceive many”-“ if it were possible, 1st. Ought we to hear those
per- the very elect.” sons preach, who we are persuaded Since, then, the Saviour has left do not preach the truth?
a positive injunction on this subject 2d. Ought we to go to hear er- and condescended to give his rearorists, for the purpose of inducing son for so doing; there is not the them to imitate our liberality; and least ground left for the misapprethereby to become occasional list- hension of duty. If we go after or eners to the truth?
follow a man, who, we are pursuad3d. Is it right for us ever to go ed, comes within the above desto hear errorists for the expresscription, it matters not, what are purpose of exposing them?
our reasons for so doing-we are 4th. Ought we to go, in doubt. certainly guilty of a most direct and ful circumstances, for the purpose plain act of disobedience. of ascertaining whether the truth is Let it not be said, that by hearpreached?
ing a man who, literally speaking, REMARKS. — The preceding que. comes to us, to preach error, we ries relate to a subject which is shall not be deemed offenders; this highly important; and which is not is always the case with errorists.without its application at the pres. Literally speaking they always ent time. We take it for granted, present theinselves before those that our correspondent alludes to whom they wish to seduce; and let those errors which are properly us remen her that it is ó lo here,” termed fundamental. In his ac- as well as “ lo there," that falls uncompanying remarks, indeed, he der the description above alluded alludes only to Unitarians and to. There cannot be any hesitation Socinians; but if the specifications in saying, that, no circumstances had been so enlarged, as to embrace will excuse us in voluntarily placall who preach any other Gospeling ourselves, even for a single inthan that which the Bible reveals, stance, among the auditors of one, it would not have been too exten- who is known to be the propagator sive for the present discussion.
-of another gospel, than that which
In relation to all such errorists, the the Bible reveals to us. express direction of the Saviour, as The preceding remarks may sufsignified to the ancient Jews, is, fice to settle the first and second “Go not after them, nor follow of the above queries; but if any of them." And, in the context, we our readers think otherwise, let