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a readier access to each other and each other's homes than they have. No feeling of shame or ceremony need keep you from calling on a neighbour for this purpose. There are greater multitudes of your condition and station than of theirs who are living in the neglect of public worship. In regard to this method of doing good, we are ready to say, “ Happy poor! favoured members of the arger if the humbler class ; value and improve your privilege." Females here, without any violation of propriety, may be useful. Remember what has been ecorded of the poor woman who was the means of saving five souls by bringing hem under the sound of the word. Why, you may perhaps lead the inhabitants f a whole court, or half a street, to attend the house of God.
Do you ask how you should do it? I answer, heartily, as if you delighted in the work; kindly, not reproachfully or with scolding, but making the objects of your solicitude feel that you love them ; prayerfully, looking up to God for the help and blessing of his Holy Spirit; and adding to your efforts the power and persuasive of a holy and consistent example.
Do consider how many inducements there are to undertake this business. It a lawful work. You have a warrant for it. Yea, it is your duty.
66 Let him hat heareth say, Come" (Rev. xxii. 17). Not merely him that preacheth, but tim that heareth. It is easy work, requiring neither wealth, nor rank, nor great alents. It is welcome work to the objects of it. One young man said, with surprise and gratitude to the person who invited him, “No one ever invited me before.” He complied, and exchanged the public-house for a place of worship. It is pleasant work. How delightful to see a person listening to the sound of salvation brought by you; to mark his fixed attention; to see the tear of penitence in his eye, the smile of peace upon his countenance, and the change in all his conduct. It is hopeful work. Turn back to the instances mentioned at the commencement of this tract. You will be sure to do good. Now, read the Words of the Apostle :-" If any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him, let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins" (James v. 19, 20). Wondrous words! Glorious event! Save a soul from death! A greater Fork than saving a thousand bodies from death! A work which, whenever it is done, fills all heaven with new joy, for the angels rejoice over one sinner that repenteth. Oh, have you holy ambition ! Here is room for it. By bringing persons under the sound of the Gospel, you may be the means of setting all heaven rejoicing with new delight, and filling eternity with the praises of your fellow-creatures, and adding to the happiness of your own soul through everlasting ages!
BY THE REV. S. S. PUGH. " And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people, as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.”-Micah v. 7. OPINIONS differ so widely as to the exact ing, as showing in what way the Jew was allusion of this prophecy, that I cannot do made to be, what he ought from the first to more than suggest what may be its probable have been, a power for good, a witness for interpretation. Some parts of it very evi- the truth among the nations of the earth. dently refer to an anticipated oppression of The book of Daniel clearly shows us how the Israelites by their enemies, and to a he was so in the days of the captivity. season of captivity amongst them. If the Men like Daniel and his companions, who reference is, as is most probable, to the on account of their talent and integrity great captivity, the interpretation of these were raised to offices of importance in the prordo is obvious,
and also deeply interest- State, and who, when there, maintained
faithfully their allegiance to Jehovab—who of God, who are faithful to him, do exert by these means vindicated his honour and wherever they are placed an influence for bore testimony for him amongst the hea- good. then, and whose holy and noble lives exer- The conduct of the Jews in the time of cised an influence for good upon all those the captivity has been already alluded to, with whom they came in contact--these but there is one characteristic of the witness were among the people “as a dew from the they then bore for God and his truth, Lord, as the showers upon the grass," re- which strikingly accords with the suggesfreshing, fertilizing, helping thus the deve- tion of these words, as to the nature of lopment of the fruits of righteousness in that witness. It is this, their calm, modest, them.
unobtrusive manner in their adherence to This, I confess, seems to me the most what was right. Take, for example, the obvious and direct meaning. It fulfils the case of the three Hebrow young men idea of the passage, and avoids the diffi- recorded in the third chapter of the bool culties which arise if we consider the pro- of Daniel, particularly their reply to th phecy as relating to a time still to come. king, verses 16-18. What calm, tru At the same time, it may have that mean. courage speaks in every word! Lik ing : it may refer to the time of which the Luther's, "Here I stand, I can do no other Apostle speaks, when “the receiving” of God help me.” Or, again, the case o the Jews, now scattered among many na- Daniel himself, recorded in the sixti tions, into the fold of Christ, shall be “ life chapter, when he made no difference in his from the dead”; when they again shall be, conduct because of the peril which environer as some of them were in the first ages of him, any more than he had before gone ou the Church, but in fuller measure than ever of his way to show off his piety, but simpl before, as a dew from the Lord, the mi. “kneeled upon his knees three times a day nisters and heralds of that faith which they and prayed and gave thanks before hi now despise.
God, as he did aforetime." And we ma But my purpose in selecting this passage learn something from this, too-that thei is, to point out what I conceive to be the firmness was displayed about things which principle of it, important in all ages, to the were worth being firm about, not abou Christian as well as to the Jew-yea, to the trivial things, as if they wanted people to a Christian more than to the Jew, since “to see how consistent they were. Theirs wat whomsoever much is given, of him shall no morbid conscientiousness, arising from be much required "—the principle that over-weening self-consciousness, as we tor wherever the servants and friends of God often find now-a-days in people wh dwell, they should, and in proportion as "strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel
. they are faithful will, exercise upon those Unobtrusively, calmly, with a dignifie around them an influence of mercy and and modest reserve, not seeking publicity blessing. Whether as these Jews of the yet, when principle was involved, no captivity, exiles in a strange land, or having shrinking from it, they maintained thei for a time, for any cause, a residence among allegiance to Jehovah, and won thereby strangers, or in the circle of life, small or from the king himself, an acknowledgmer large, important or insignificant, as it may of him as the true God. seem to them, in which God has placed We must remember, too, to their honon them, wherever they are, wherever their that the circumstances under which the lot is cast, whatever the external condition thus exercised a gracious influence on thos of their life, this will be true of them, that around them were very unfavourable. The they will be as the refreshing dew and fer- were in a strange land, away from thi tilizing rain, exercising unconsciously and influences of home, of a settled order o unostentatiously an influence for good, and worship, as if we, for example, should fin in doing so, tarrying not for man, nor ourselves prisoners in a land in wbic waiting for the sons of men,” having their Popery or Mohammedanism prevailed. life and doings regulated not by popular The same principles which guided ther opinion, whether of the Church or the there may guide us in all our life. Fo world, but by the Divine life in them.
example, you are many of you called I. Let us take the fact, prophesied of the mix with worldly men—men of business Jews, and which ought, therefore, as I have who have no thought beyond the presen said, in a larger measure to be true of us, life, some of them honourable men, an that good people, the servants and friends
some evil men--who indulge in sin them
selres, and would be glad to see you do Christian men among their neighbours,
The test of your Christian Christian masters and mistresses among character, your Christian principle, then, their servants, Christian servants in their will be found in this-Do you exert a good work at home, Christian employers of influence upon these men? Do they re- labour among their workpeople, Christian spect your principles in your honest main- parents among their children, are all in tenance of them? Do they feel that your their several spheres operating upon those presence is a rebuke to their sin ? Do they with whom they live, influencing their feel the influence of your example in check- opinions, their modes of thinking and acting that? Do they recognise in your ing, swaying them for good or evil, in temper
, your language, your conduct, in favour of religion or against it; perhaps, pour justice and righteousness, in your and how fearfully thus does the responsi. gentleriess and forbearance and charity, in bility press upon us, helping to form their your willingness and readiness for every character and decide their destiny for act of kindness and generosity; do they see eternity. We may be to them like the in your very looks and manner, the proof refreshing dew and fertilizing rain, helping that you are living a higher, holier life than them, encouraging them by our example, they; so that they are compelled to bear to bring forth the fruits of righteousness ; witness that in you at least religion is a or we may be like the scorching or chilling real thing? Or, on the contrary, are they blast, burning up or freezing out the tender by reason of your worldly, selfish, grasping germs of a better life in them. May God disposition, your hardness and unkindness help us, Christian brethren, both at home and want of charity, your ill-tempers and and abroad, more faithfully to consider our harshness and pride, taking up a reproach responsibility in this matter as to those against the Gospel you profess from your whom God has placed for the time within example?
the circle of our influence ! Oh! my brethren, it is not only in the II. Let us endeavour to point out the house of God and on Sunday we work for condition of exercising such a wise and God and speak for him. We are, if we holy influence on those around us; let us are truly his
, speaking for him in every ask ourselves what is of chief importanco act, living for him in every relation of life. in order to our exerting as Christian men
our manners, our tempers will and women a wise and good influence all testify to it: and alas! for us, if the which shall help to shape and direct the testimony be not for God, not on behalf of lives of others for good ? the religion we profess, but, on the contrary, The answer may be given in one word, against it and him.
be good. It is what we are, rather than We do exert, I say, if we are faithful, an
anything we say or do, which will decide inimenco for good. Men “take knowledge what sort of influence we are really exertof us that we have been with Jesus," and ing. It is the spiritual that shapes the oh ! if this is possible, if we may do so (and external ; it is what we are that shapes for we know we may), how does it call upon us what we say or do, that decides the us to seek earnestly and faithfully that nature of those looks, and tones, and slight We do not fail of our high calling, that unconscious actions, which reveal our true wherever we are, we may " adorn the doc- character to others, and which exert an trine of God our Saviour in all things"? influence for good or evil upon many who
For let us remember that “none of us are unable to analyze that influence, or lireth to himself.” Every day of our lives show in what way and to what extent we our influence will be for good or evil on
have affected them. those around us, who daily observe our Somewhere or other that which we ictions, who come daily into contact with endeavour carefully to conceal from the 2. All our social relationships bear wit- eyes of men will reveal itself. Somewhere Diese of this. We are linked together by or other what we are really and truly in subtle chains of affection and habit, and the sight of God will manifest itself, and the electric influence thrills through all decide what our influence on others will tho are thus united.
We are continually be. If, therefore, we would exert an peceiving and giving off influence, contri- influence on others, we must be not only buting to the power of good or evil in the careful of our outward conduct, how we
act and how we speak, sedulously avoiding the moral atmosphere which surrounds us. this thing and that lest we should sin, but
we must be what we wish to seem. We may be very consistent outwardly in these things, and so have a life void of offence, at the expense of living in a miserable bondage to what others will say; and yet there may be such evidences (of which we ourselves are all unconscious) of insincerity, selfishness, and worldliness, that our acted character goes for nothing, or rather awakens disgust and suspicion in those who feel and know that we are something other than we seem. Our Lord told his disciples, " there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, neither hid that shall not be known,” What we are truly will be sure somehow or other to show itself in our life: if we are luminous we shall give light: if we are loving we shall show love: if we are sincere, men will see it and trust us.
The importance of character, as deciding the nature of the influence which we exert, is recognised by us in all our lives. We would not go ourselves, we would not put our children, into the company of the notoriously wicked, or even of those who were obviously negligent of the higher claims of spiritual religion. They might not attempt to do us any direct harm, to tempt us to evil; they might perhaps, on the contrary, endeavour to meet what they might call our prejudices, and pay respect to our religious scruples, but yet, I think, we should not court their society, throw ourselves in their way, identify ourselves with them.
Why? Not because we believe they mean us any harm, but because we know that they would exert, unintentionally on their part, and perhaps unconsciously on our own, a bad influence. We should expect that our tone would be lowered, that our hearts would grow cold, that we should become worldly even as they.
Now, brethren, apply the argument to yourselves. It is the stronger element which prevails ; and if you are really and truly Christians, Christians in heart and truth; if your life and strength be in Him; it will manifest itself, and will have an influence upon others, just as the influence of worldly men will have an effect for evil on weak and wavering Christians. And as it is not so much what they determine to do as what they are that produces the effect on their part, so you, if you are living in constant fellowship with God, if you are truly holy, if your one desire is to serve him, if you are seeking to be conformed to the image of his Son, will
exercise a good, a holy influence on those around you. Your household will feel it
, your children will feel it, your neighbours will feel it. It was the testimony of Legh Richmond's children, that they learned to love religion because they saw their father so lovely and happy under its influence, It cannot be hid. It is the ointment of the right, which bewrayeth itself; it is the perfume of Aaron's anointing, which filled the room with odour; it is the glory on the face of Moses, with which he came down from the Mount. “When one that holds communion with the skies
Has filled his urn where these pure waters rise,
III. There is something very beautiful in the illustration here afforded us as to the manner in which this influence operates Like the dew and rain, it falls secretly, silently, unobtrusively, yet penetrates below the surface and is hidden; and there se cretly working, quickens and fertilizes ; and in so doing it obeys Divine laws and operates according to Divine methods ; "it tarrieth not for man nor waiteth for the sons of men.' So the sacred influence which the Christian exerts does not wait for great examples ; for patronage and power to show the way; for societies and committees to direct its operations ; but everywhere and always, quietly, constantly
, unconsciously to itself, but effectually
, like God's refreshing fertilizing rain and dew, it works unseen and silently in men's hearts
, going on doing good. Oh! who shall tell, till the judgment of the last day reveals it
, how much has been won and lost to Christ's kingdom by influence, influence transmitted from generation to generation, the silent preaching of the holy life, or, alas! the sad want of it; influence spreading and operating in directions which no human eye can ever trace. “So is the kingdom of God;" as if a man should sow seed in bis field, and it should spring and grow up be knoweth not how. So it is with our influ. ence on others; we cannot trace it, and say that such a result is the effect of some par ticular influence exerted at any given time; but we may believe and be sure that in proportion as we are faithful, in proportion as we are holy, in proportion as we are gracious, we are exerting an influence of the most important and powerful kind; more important by far than any external
means we can use if this influence be and hour by hour we live under the wanting-an influence which goes down gracious influences of his Spirit. We are deep to the very roots of men's hearts, as the channels of his bounty, the ministers the dew and the rain sink down and of his grace. We may be the means of quicken the roots of the grass. Oh, my bringing into immediate contact with the dear friends, let me speak to you faithfully hearts of others, by means of human symand affectionately about this. It is of no pathies, human fee inge, his feelings of pity use for us minisiers to be preaching up in
and love to man. We are, brethren, repreour pulpits on the Sunday, if you preach sentatives of God. It is for us as Christian against us by your influence all the week ; men to show forth his spirit, his disposiif you, by your want of a Christlike spirit, tion towards men. And we can only do are exerting an influence opposed to it. this by constant intercourse with Him who See that it be not so. Let your example, is the one unfailing source of all goodness. your life, second the testimony of the pul- We must receive or we cannot impart. We pit
, that those without may learn thus, no must derive power from him or we cannot less than from our words, the way of influence others. Without this we shall life.
ourselves live barren, wasted lives; lives IV. Just a few words, in conclusion, on emptied of all good influence, of which the the only source of this' influence, the one best that can be said is that they are and grand condition of our exerting it. neither much good por much harm to any
The dew and the rain are not of man, body. Or we shall fail of our Christian nor by man; they are altogether beyond calling, and shall live lives the weight of bis control
. The mightiest forces he could whose influence will be on the side of exert are powerless to produce a single worldliness ; mean, paltry, selfisb, selfshower to bathe the parched fields in one willed lives, over which good men mourn night's grateful dew. So also is it here- and bad men exult. But abiding daily " This also cometh from the Lord of bosts, under the power of the all-quenching, allwho is wonderful in counsel and excellent sanctifying Spirit, we shall ourselves be
refreshed and strengthened, and to all I have already said that in order to exert around us, to all who come within the circle a good influence on others we must be good of our influence, we shall be “as a dew ourselves, and the one condition of that is, from the Lord, as showers upon the that we ourselves continually derive our spirtual life from God; that day by day
"GOD SAVE THE QUEEN."
BY THE REV. T. R. STEVENSON. These are household words. We have all been familiar with them from our very childhood. They are printed in royal proclamations, public assemblies slag them, and not seldom are they used in prayer. Although, however, they are 80 often quoted, their origin is unknown to thousands who repeat them. They resemble those old proverbs which are in every one's mouth, and are passed constantly, like small change, from one to another, while few are aware of the source whence they sprang. If told that this expression of loyalty is traceable to the Bible, many would be quite astonished. Yet such is the case. The phrase, “God save the King," was employed by the Hebrew people on the appointment of their monarchs. The first occasion on which it was uttered was when Saul was set apart as the ruler of Israel" And all the people shouted, and said, God save the King." If, then, as will be readily admitted, we have in this sentence that which is alike good in sentiment and good in style, we put thank the Bible for it. Scripture is the strata to which this fossil owes its The above fact, we may remark in passing, is but a sample of numerous