On the Formation of the Christian Character: Addressed to Those who are Seeking to Lead a Religious Life

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Hilliard, Gray, 1832 - 176 pagina's
 

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Pagina 45 - Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; while they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Pagina 4 - These can be found only in men, who love it for its own sake, and because it is ' the wisdom of God and the power of God unto salvation...
Pagina 144 - Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Pagina 72 - Be always thoughtful," we must add, that particular seasons are necessary on purpose for meditation. You must set apart certain times for reflection, when you shall deliberately sit down and survey with keen scrutiny yourself, your condition, your past life, and the prospect before you ; inquire into the state of your religious knowledge and personal attainments ; and strengthen your sense of responsibility and purposes of duty, by dwelling on the attributes and government of God, the ways of his...
Pagina 32 - Be thoroughly persuaded, therefore, that the work before you is wholly within your power. Nothing has a more palsying effect on one's exertions in any enterprise, than the doubt whether he be equal to it. Something like confidence is necessary to enable him to pursue it vigorously and perseveringly. It is as necessary in action as the apostle represents it to be in prayer. " He that wavereth or doubteth is like a wave of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed.
Pagina 102 - ... implied in the preceding remarks, that all is to be done in the spirit of devotion. In what manner this may be effected, it is necessary to state more distinctly ; and the rules to be given for this end will sufficiently explain in what that spirit consists. First, then, the genuine, effectual prayer...
Pagina 166 - Let precision in every statement distinguish what you say, remembering that a little lie, or a little uncharitableness, is no better than a little theft. Be slow to speak those reports to another's disadvantage, which find so ready a circulation and are so eagerly believed, though every day's experience shows us that a large proportion of them are unfounded and false. In a word, be convinced that levity, uncharitableness, and falsehood, are as truly immoral and irreligious in the common intercourse...
Pagina 59 - ... those holy words ; and as they were written expressly to make you wise unto salvation, no inferior purpose must distract your attention from this. You will therefore always have in view two objects — to understand the book, and to apply it to your own heart and character. The study of the Bible, for the purpose of understanding it, is an arduous labor. Dr. Johnson said of the New Testament, " It is the most difficult book in the world, for which the labor of a life is required." No book requires...
Pagina 40 - ... respecting his condition? and this inquiry for the true end of his being? If a person, hitherto thoughtless, is in this state of mind, he is to be congratulated upon it. We are to be thankful to God in his behalf, that another immortal soul is awake to its responsibility, and seeking real happiness. We would urge him to cherish the feelings which possess him; not with melancholy despondency ; not with superstitious gloom ; not with unmanly and un-meaning debasement; but with thoughtful, self-distrusting...

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