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RULES FOR PROMOTING LOVE AND IIARMONY AMONGST MEMBERS.
is permitted to furnish its mind with things fairly exercised, but that it has subdued the
not succeed any more than one shower of
posses sion of the unfurnished and unjudging rain can reclaim the burning desert; but mind, is most commonly the foundation of let it repeatedly shed the dew of its holy its future conduct. Therefore, when the influence upon the revengeful soul, and it seeds of piety and virtue are early sown, will soon become beautiful with the flower when the infant mind is seasonably and
of tenderness. properly cultivated, there is good reason to
Let any person put this hope it will produce plenty of good fruit. question to his soul, whether under
cirGood impressions, when early made, most cumstances he can deliberately resist concommonly prove lasting, increase as children tinued kindness? And a voice of affection grow in years, and the effects are both will answer that good is omnipotent in pleasing and useful. They promote the present welfare of the children themselves, overcoming evil. If the angry and rerender them real blessings to their fond vengeful person would only govern his parents, and make them respected as passions and light the lamp of affection in worthy members of society. But, what is his heart, that it might stream out in his above every other consideration, by leading features and actions, he would soon discover a life of piety and virtue, they gain the
a wide difference in his communion with the favour and approbation of their heavenly Father, and prepare themselves for the world. The gentle would no longer avoid enjoyment of a happy eternity: “For god- him; friends would not reproach him with liness is profitable to all things, having a pro- a frown; the meek would no longer meet mise of the life that now is, and of that which him with dread; children would no longer is to come.'
shrink from him with fear; he would find Effects of Kindness.
that kindness wins all by its smiles, give
ing them confidence and securing their I Am almost convinced that there never yet friendship. was an instance in which kindness has been
Rules for promoting Love and Har- any action that has the appearance of opmony amongst Members. position or resentment.
8. To observe the just rule of Solomon, 1. To remember that we are all subject to that is, to leave off contention, before it be failings and infirmities of one kind or meddled with. Prov. xvii. 14. other.
9. If a member has offended, to consider 2. bear with, and not magnify, each how glorious, how God-like it is to forgive, others' infirmities. Gal. vi. 1.
and how unlike a Christian it is to re3. To pray one for another in our social venge. Eph. iv. 2. meetings, and particularly in private. 10. To remember that it is always a James v. 16.
grand artifice of the devil to promote dis4. To avoid going from house to house, tance and animosity amongst members of for the purpose of hearing news, interfer- churches; and we should therefore watch ing with other persons' business.
against every thing that furthers his end. 5. Always to turn a deaf ear to any '11. To consider how much more good slanderous report, and to lay no charge, we can do in the world at large, and in the brought against any person, until welí church in particular, when we are all founded.
united in Love, than we could do when 6. If a member be in fault, to tell him of acting alone, and indulging a contrary it first in private, before it is mentioned to spirit. others.
12. Lastly, to consider the express in7. To watch against a shyness of each junctions of Scripture, and the beautiful other, and to put the best construction on example of Christ as to these important
PORTRAIT OF A BIBLE CHRISTIAN.
things. Eph. iv. 32. 1 Peter ii. 21. proper distinction between real objects and John xiii. 5, 35.
the undeserving; while he bestows his
bounty on the first, in such a manner as Portrait of a Bible Christian.
doubles its value, and sanctifies the gift.
View him in company. He is pleasant, (Altered from an old Writer).
courteous and entertaining; ready to hear
and willing to attend; humble" without In this small portrait all may see,
meanness, candid, and yet firm, modest What all are not, but all should be.
without bashfulness, aiming by his whole
deportment to recommend the precepts of Tue BIBLE CHRISTIAN is God's servant, the his Saviour. world's master, and an honest man. His
View him in his relaxations. He is wise Creator is his father, the church his mo- in his choice of such as are innocent in ther, the saints his brethren, and all that themselves, and hurtful to none; partaking need him his friends Heaven is his inhe- of them at proper times, and making them ritance, the Redeemer his kinsman, the always subservient to their chief end and Holy Spirit his guide, and the Bible his design, the recreation of his body, the re
laxation of his mind, the improvement of companion.
The Bible Christian makes religion his his understanding, and greater alacrity in study, prayer his delight, meditation his the return of important duties. amusement, and godliness with content
View him in his death ; calm and undishis greatest gain. *** Devotion is his chap- turbed, resigned and patient, confident and lain, humility his dress, chastity his cham- humble; surveying the past with holy berlain, sobriety his butler, temperance shame, yet with lively gratitude; contemhis cook, hospitality his house-keeper,” plating the present with solemn awe, yet economy his steward, charity his treasurer, without perturbation or dismay; stretching benevolence his disposition, and circum- forward to the future with joy unspeakable spection the porter to keep the door of his and full of glory. lips, words, and actions.
“ His God sustains him in his finai hour, View the Bible Christian in secret. His final hour brings glory to his God.” There he daily prays to his heavenly Father, who, he is well assured, sees him
And having thus surveyed the Bible now, and will hereafter reward him openly; heart, and inquire,
Christian, let each put his hand upon his There he meditates on the truths, and thou art, I congratulate thee, and exhort
76 AM I THE MAN?” If enjoyments, and prospects of religion; thee to give God the glory, abide in his and there he often longs to be with the love, and go on to perfection; thou art redeemed before his Father's throne.
If thou art not a View him in his public devotions. There Bible Christian, lament it. deeply, pray
assuredly a happy man. hearty in his petitions, sincere in his earnestly to God to make thee such, and acknowledgments, and joyful in his may thy earnest request be speedily praises.
granted! View him in his family. He is always
The Way of Peace. cheerful, good-natured, affable and dis- If we shall effectually labour against the creet, endeavouring by his habitual con- grounds and cause of contention, pride, duct, to evince himself a real Christian, in self-love, envy, covetousness: if we shall practice as well as by profession.
compose ourselves to a temper fit for the View him in his employments. He is entertainment of peace; that is, if we shall diligent, active, and assiduous; honest in be humble and meek-minded, if obedient to his dealings, punctual in the performance our spiritual guides, if charitable to our of his engagments, and faithful to his brethren, if not too peremptory in our own promises, not forgetting the golden rule, apprehension: if we shall pray and labour to do as he would be done by; that up- for further illumination in all requisite rightness and integrity may preserve him. truths; and shall, therefore, walk conscion
View him in his charities. 'He is liberal ably after the light which we have received: without ostentation, and benevolent with- if lastly, we shall be content to let fall our out profusion, not grudgingly, or of neces- own interest, out of a tender respect to the sity, but as his circumstances will admit, public, we shall tread comfortably in the and with readiness and pleasure, knowing private way of peace; and shall, in our parthat God loves a cheerful giver; he feels ticular stations, have contributed our due for the misfortunes of others with a gene- endeavours to the tranquility and happiness rous sympathy and compassion, making a of the church of Christ.
active virtues and for spiritual exercises.
Though all these books may not be wicked, It is chiefly through books that we enjoy yet the habitual indulgence in such readintercourse with superior minds; and these ing is a silent ruining mischief. Though invaluable means of communication are in there is no act and no moment, in which reach of all. In the best books great men any open assault on the mind is made, yet talk to us-give us their most precious the constant habit performs the work of a thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. mental atrophy—it produces all the sympGod be thanked for books. They are the toms of decay; and the danger is not less voices of the distant and the dead, and for being more gradual and therefore less make us heirs of spiritual life of past ages. suspected.—Hannah More. Books are the true levellers. They give to all who will faithfully use them, the The Acquisition of Diligence. society, the spiritual presence of the best and greatest of our race. No matter how It is wonderful how much is done in a poor I am: no matter though the prosper- short space, provided we set about it proous of my own time will not enter my perly, and give our minds wholly to it. Let obscure dwelling, yet if the Sacred Writ- any one devote himself to any art or sciings enter and take up their abode under ence ever so strenuously, and he will still my roof, with Milton, to sing to me of have leisure to make considerable progress paradise-Franklin to enrich me with in half-a-dozen other acquirements. Leon; practical wisdom, I shall not repine for ardo de Venci, was a Mathematician-á want of intellectual companionship, and I a Musician-a Poet, and an Anatomistmay become a cultivated man, though ex- besides being one of the greatest painters cluded from what is called the best society of his age. Michael Angelo was a prodigy in the place where I live.-Channing. of versatility of talent, a writer of sonnets,
(which Wadsworth thought worthy of Works of Fiction.
translating) and the friend of Dante.
Salvator, was a lutanist and a satirist. Many works of fiction may be read with Tatian was an elegant letter writer, and a safety, some even with profit; but the con- finished gentleman. Joshua Reynold's disstant familiarity even with such as are courses are more classical and polished then not exceptionable in themselves, relaxes any of his pictures. Let a man do all he the mind that needs hardening, dissolves can in any one branch of study, he must the heart which wants fortifying, stirs the either exhaust himself and doze over it, or imagination which wants quieting, irrita- vary his pursuit, or else lie idle.
All our tes the passions which want calming, and real labours lie in a nut shell. The mind above all, disinclines and disqualifies for makes at some period or other, one Hercu
lean effort, and the rest is mechanical. We gentle characterestics of life. We are to have to climb a steep and narrow precipice benefit those around us, though like the at first, but after that, the way is broad and gentle rivulet, we may attract little atten. easy where we drive several accomplish- tion, and may soon cease to be remembered ments abreast. Men should have one prin- on earth. Such sentiments as these cancipal pursuit, which may be both easily and not be too much admired, nor such truths advantageouly diversified with lighter ones. too deeply embedded in the heart of the
church. None are so humble that they Usefulness.
may not be useful. And they who are
faithful in the little, are as carefully rated BARNES, in his practical sermons, which are and richly rewarded, as they who are full of truth and beauty, says, Usefulness entrusted with much. is the rivulet that glides though the meadows, and that runs along day and night by the farm house, rather then the swollen
Advice to Children. flood or the noisy cataract. He describes the majesty and glory of Niagara; but one You were made to be kind, generous, and Niagara is enough for a continent or a magnanimous. If there is a boy in the world—while that same world needs thou- school, who has a club foot, don't let him sands and tens of thousands of silvery know that you ever saw it. If there is a fountains and gently flowing rivulets, that poor boy with ragged clothes, don't talk shall water every farm, and meadow, and about rags when he is in hearing. If there garden; and that shall flow on every night is a lame boy, assign him some part of the and day, with their gentle and quiet beauty. game which does not require running. If So we admire the great deeds of Howard's there is an hungry one, give a part of benevolence, and wish that all men were your dinner.
If there is a dull one, help like him. We revere the names of illustri. him to get his lesson. If there is a bright ous martyrs. We honour the man who will one, be not envious of him, for if one boy throw himself into the imminent breach is proud of his talent and another is en vious and save his country, and such men, and of them, there are two great wrongs, and such deeds we must have, when the occa- no more talents than before.
If a larger sion calls for them. But all men are not to or stronger boy, has injured you, and is be useful in this way, any more than all sorry for it, forgive him, and request the waters are to rush by us in swelling and teacher not to punish him. All the school angry floods. We are to be useful in more will show by their countenances, how much limited spheres. We are to cultivate the better this is, than to have a great fist.
Temper in Teaching your pupil. He finds an example for good
or for evil in everything about you. Few persons seem to have proper appre- Let me direct your attention to a single hension of the sacredness which attaches particular, in which we are all apt to go to the instruction of youth. Hence much wrong: I mean the temper which we of the neglect and many of the errors of manifest in the company of our pupils. teachers; and hence, consequently, many Almost every child has some trait which of the mishaps and catastrophes of pupils. tries the temper of the teacher. He is
You have, I will suppose, under your stubborn or forgetful, idle or hasty; these tuition a little boy eight or nine years of are great faults, but that of the teacher age. It is a most interesting period of life, who loses his temper is greater. Patience and the charge is one of the most momen- is a virtue which is especially demanded in tous nature. I can conceive of few employ- the work of instruction; but for this reason ments more delightful than the training of above others, that all impatience on the such a child, and there is certainly none teacher's part disturbs, in a high degree, more responsible. Every touch you give, the process of communicating moral truth. makes its mark, as the fingers on a mass of If the teacher grow warm, especially if he ductile wax. You can scarcely say, or do, use reproachful words, the child will suffer or omit any thing, without contributing in pain; some will suffer great pain. If this some way or other to form the character of be often repeated, an association will be