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Now, my dear children, in conclusion, I
Repent and return to God; obey God; and trust in God, whose eye is in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
1. Repent, and return to God. God will see what children, after sermon, think over what they have heard, and pray to Jesus Christ for the pardon of their sins; and what children do not. -God sees every child here present, however many there are.
Let God see you returning in earnest toward him, laying your salvation to heart, and beginning, like Timothy, Josiah, and Abijah, to serve the Lord in your youth. Are you
old, or five years old? Begin, my child, to pray to God. Are you seven, or eight, or nine; and have you lived without thinking of God so many years? then, 0, begin this day. Are you ten, or eleven, or twelve; and never prayed to Jesus Christ yet, nor begged for his Holy Spirit ? then remember it is high time that you repent and return to God, whose eyes are in every place. Remember, when no one sees you pray, God sees you, and hears you, and will give you his
ask for it. There is not a child now present that I would not call to repentance and faith in the death and passion of Jesus Christ. All are sinners-Christ died to save sinners--the Holy Spirit can change the hardest heart; and Jesus Christ said, when on earth,
Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
2. Obey God all your future lives. Set the Lord always before you. Live as under his all-seeing eye. Honour your parents; love your brothers and sisters; do your duty; love your Bible; keep holy the Sabbathi remember God is in every place, and let that outweigh every temptation to evil.
3. Trust in God in all your troubles. My dear children, I know the troubles of a child, and how hard it is to be good, and obey your parents, and overcome your bad tempers, and submit your will to God's ;-but God will help
you seek his grace. Remember, when you are in trouble and temptation, the eyes of the Lord are in every place. God is a refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. There is not the weakest child now before me but may be stronger than the world, and sin, and Satan, by God's grace and Spirit dwelling in him. And remember, there is nothing God's eyes look on with more delight than a little child trying to serve him. For thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; but to this man will I look, -and much more to this child-even to him that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
And now, my dear children, I commend you to God. I love to preach to you from year to year; and my prayer is, that God may bless. you all, and sow the seed of eternal life in your hearts, that you may live as under his all-seeing eye on earth, and when you die, go and be happy with Him in heaven.
OF THE LATE
RIGHT HON. SPENCER PERCEVAL
Sunday, May 17, 1812.
THE DAY PREVIOUS TO HIS EXECUTION:
SOME GENERAL REMARKS.