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

Gray and Bowen, 1831 - 175 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 143 - ... fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Pagina 3 - His is but a partial and unsatisfactory faith, which is concerned wholly with the state of society in general, and allows him to neglect the discipline of his own affections and the culture of his own spiritual nature. He is but poorly fitted to honor or promote the cause of Christ, who has not first subjected his own soul to his holy government. There are men enough, when Christianity is prevalent and honorable, to lend it their countenance and pay it external homage. We want more thorough, consistent...
Pagina 72 - The proper season for this is the season of your daily devotion ; when, having shut out the world, and sought the nearer presence of God, your mind is prepared to work fervently. Then, contemplation, aided by prayer, ascends to heights which it could never reach alone ; and sometimes, whether in the body or out of the body it can hardly tell, soars, as it were to the third heaven, and enjoys a revelation to which, at other hours, it is a stranger. This, however, is an excitement of mind which is...
Pagina 32 - 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 165 - ... unfounded and false. In a word, be convinced that levity, uncharitableness, and falsehood, are as truly immoral and irreligious in the common intercourse of life, as on its more solemn occasions ; that idle and injurious words make a part of man's responsible character, as really as blasphemy and idolatry ; and that ' if any man seem to be religious, and bridle not his tongue, that man's religion is vain.
Pagina 72 - 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 providence, the revelations of his word, the requisitions of his will, the glory of his kingdom, and...
Pagina 163 - One might suppose that few persons ever dream that they are accountable for what passes in conversation, although there is no point of ordinary life which Jesus and the Apostles have more frequently and sternly put under the control of religious principle. Their language is strikingly urgent on this head ; and yet, so little scrupulousness is there among men, even religious men, that it would seem as if they felt ashamed to be careful in their talk. A thoroughly well-governed speech is so rare, that...
Pagina 23 - Ware, writing for new inquirers, those who have lived hitherto " without permanent religious impressions," speaks of them as having "wandered from duty, and been unfaithful to God. They have gone far from him, like the unwise prodigal, and wasted the portion he gave them in vicious or unprofitable pursuits. They have cultivated the animal life, they have lived according to the flesh.
Pagina 35 - ... it. It is man's acquaintance with himself, which leads him most earnestly to seek the acquaintance of God, and to perceive the need of his favor. The sense of sin, the feeling that his life has not been right, that his heart is not pure, that his thoughts, dispositions, appetites, passions, have not been duly regulated, that he has lived according to his own will and not that of God, that if taken from his worldly possessions, he has no other object of desire and affection to which his heart...

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