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Jesus was on earth. His tender love withered him, but a glance of affection was the keen edge of his reproofs, and that melted him. And so with His his unquestionable love infused so- enemies; it was not by lightning from lemnity into every warning. There heaven, but by love from His pierced never was one more faithful than the heart, that He subdned them. But Son of God, but there never was one many Christians lack this beauty of more considerate. And just as rudeness their Master's holiness; they are affected iş not essential to honesty, so neither with evil tempers, they cannot rule their is roughness essential to strength of spirits, or rather, they do not try. Some character. The Christian should have indulge occasional fits of anger; and a strong character; he should be a man others are haunted by habitual, daily, of remarkable decision ; he should start life-long fretfulness. The one sort is back from temptation as from a burst- generally calm and pellucid as ing bomb. And he should be a man Alpine lake, but on some special proof inflexible purpose. When once ho vocation is tossed up into a magniknows his Lord's will, ho should go ficenț țempest; the other is like the through with it, ay, through fire and Bosphorus, in a continual stir, and water with it. But this he may do with even when not a breath is moving, by out renouncing the meekness and the the contrariety of its internal currents gentleness which were in Christ. He vexing itself into a ceaseless whirl and may have zeal without pugnacity, de- eddy. The one is Hecla—for long intertermination without obstinacy. He vals silent as a granite peak, and suffershould distinguish between the ferocity ing the snow-flakes to fall on its cold of the animal and the courage of the crater, till you forget that it is a burnChristian. And whether he makes the ing mountain ; and then, on some distinction or not, the world will make sudden and unlooked-for disturbance, it. The world looks for the same bene- hurling the hollow mine into the clouds, volence of conscious strength in a fol- and pouring forth in one poisy night lower of the Lamb of God; and, how the stifled mischief of many a year. ever rudo its own conduct, it expects The other is Stromboli, & perpetual that the Christian himself will be cour- volcano, seldom indulging in any disteous.

astrous eruption; but muttering and Irritability.One of the most ob- quaking, steaming and hissing night vious and impressive features in the and day, in a way which makes strangers Saviour's character was his meekness. nervous; and ever and anon spinning In a patience which ingenious or sud- through the air a red-hot rock, or a den provocation could not upset; in a spirt of molten metal, to remind the magnanimity which insult could not heedless natives of their angry neigh. ruffle; in a gentleness from which no bpur, But either form, the paroxysmal folly could extract an unndvised word, fury, and the perennial fretfulness, is men saw what they could scarcely inconsistent with the wisdom from understand, but that which made men above, which is peaceable, gentle, easy marvel. Though disciples were strangely to be entreated. Worldly men can perdull, He never lost temper with them; ceive the inconsistency, but instead of though Judas was very dishonest, He ascribing it to its proper causes, they did not bring any railing accusation are more likely to attribute it to the against him; though Philip had been insufficiency of the gospel; and even so long time with him, and had not the more willing sort of worldlings, understood Him, He did not dismiss those who have some predisposițiou in him from his company, When Peter favour of the truth, are very apt to be denied Him, it was pot & frown that | shocked and driven off by the unha!.

lowed ebullitions of religious men. Sup. I find a place in rearing the temple. pose such an individual, with his They are the polyhedrons of the church, attention newly awakened to the great each punctilio of their own forming a salvation-with his mind impressed by several face, and making it a hard prosome scriptural delineation of regene blem to fix them where they will not rate character; his ear, it may be, still mar the structure. Apostolical magcharmed with a glowing description of nanimity they deem subserviency or the gospel's magic power, making wolf- sinful connivance; and simultaneous ish men so lamb-like, and leading the movements or Christian co-operation weaned child to play on the cockatrice they deem lawful only when all conden; suppose such a man in the way form to them. Like those individuals of business, or kindness, or spiritual whose bodies are non-conductors, and inquiry, to approach a stranger of Chris- who can stop an electric current after tian renown, and accosting him in full | it has travelled through a mile of other persuasion of his Christian character, men, sectarian professors are so posiprepared for a cordial welcome, a patient tively charged with their own pecuhearing at the least,-but alas! coming liarities, that the influence which has in at some unpropitious moment, he is been transmitted through connecting greeted with a shout of impatience, or myriads, stops short as soon as it annihilated by a flash from his lowering reaches them. countenance,—why, it is like putting Selfishness.—The world respects self your hand into the nest of the turtle- denial in the Christian; and with readove, and drawing it out, with a long son, for of all men he can best afford slimy serpent dangling in warty folds, it, and by his profession he is comand holding on by its fiery fangs. There mitted to it. You are on a journey, is horror in the disappointment, as well and because you have been distributing as anguish in the bite; and the fright-tracts or reading the Bible, or have ful association cannot easily be for- made some pious observations, your gotten.

fellow-travellers set you down for a Akin to these infirmities of temper, Christian. By and by one of your comare some other inconsistencies as incon. panions makes a civil remark, but not venient to their Christian brethren as being in a mood for talking, you turn they are likely to stumble a scoffing him off with a short answer. A deliworld. Some professors are so whim- cate passenger would like your side of sical and impracticable, that it needs the carriage, but you wish to see the continual stratagem to enlist them in country, or prefer the cooler side; so any labour of usefulness, and after they you make no movement, but allow your are onco fairly engaged in it, nothing neighbour to change places with the but perpetual watchfulness and the invalid. And at last an accident occurs most tender management can keep which will detain you an hour beyond them in it. In all your dealings with the usual time ; so you lose all pathem, like a man walking over a gal tience, and fret, and scold, and talk of vanic pavement, you tread uneasily, hiring post-chaises, -while some goodwondering when the next shock is to humoured or philosophic wayfarer sits come off, and every moment expect- quiet in the corner, or gets out, and ing some paradox to spring under your looks leisurely on till the misfort:ine is feet. In the Christian societies of mended, and then resumes his journey, which they are members, they consti- having lost nothing but bis time, while tute non-conformable materials of which you have lost both your time and your it is difficult to dispose. They are irre- temper. In such a case it would be gular solids, for which it is not easy to better that you had left the tracts and

the Bible at home, for your inconsist- | time, they also know that it is after these ency is likely to do more evil, than your things that the Gentiles seek ; and, direct efforts are likely to do good. As therefore, if they would win the Gena worldly man you would have been en tiles, they must attend to their personal titled to indulge your own indolence, wants, and temporal comforts. Nay, your own convenience, or your own more, as a system of universal amelioraimpatience as much as you pleased ; tion, Christianity demands our efforts but if you really are a disciple of Christ, for the outward weal of our worldly you owed to Him to “ deny yourself.” neighbours, and our delicate attention

The subject is uninviting, and time to the minutest comfort of our Christian would fail did we speak of the parsi- brethren. It was on this principle that, mony, the indolence, the egotism, the seeking the salvation of his peasantwant of intelligence, the want of taste, parishioners, Oberlin felt that he was by which many excellent characters are not going out of his way as an evangelmarred, and by which the glory of the ist, when he opened a school for chilgospel is often compromised. We would dren, wild as their own rock-goats ; not be accusers of the brethren. We when he taught the older people many only suggest a subject for self-examina- humble but useful arts hitherto untion, and we indicate an object to which known in the Ban-de-la-Roche; when the Church's energy might be advan. he set them to the planting of trees, and tageously directed. We fear that we clearing roads; when he established an have failed to cultivate the things agricultural society, and published a honest, lovely, and of good report, and calendar, divested of the astrological that we have sometimes allowed our falsehoods with which their almanacs selves to be excelled by worldly men in were wont to abound. Oberlin's Christhose beauties of character which, al. tianity would have prompted these though subordinate, are not insignifi- humane and beneficial actions, even cant. Attention to the wants of others, though no ulterior good had accrued care for their welfare, and consideration from them; but first in the love of those of their feelings, are scriptural graces villagers, and then in their conversion for which all Christians ought to be to God, he had his abundant reward. conspicuous. Christianity allows us to And it was on the same principle that forget our own wants, but it does not the apostolic Williams, brimfull of permit us to forget the necessities of sense and kindness, came down like a our brethren. It requires us to be care cornucopia on his South-Sea Islanders, less of our own ease, but it forbids us and startling them with the prodigies to overlook the comfort and convenience of civilization, and enriching them with of other people. Of this the Lord Jesus its inventions, at once conveyed an idea was Himself the pattern. He was of the beautiful spirit of the Gospel, sometimes an hungered, but in that case and conciliated their affection to its he wrought no miracle. But when the messengers. And it was on the same multitude had long fasted, He created principle that the benignant Wilberbread to supply them, rather than send force,-himself the best “practical view them away fainting. And though his of Christianity," — was so studious of great errand was to save his people the feelings, and so accommodating to from their sins, none ever saved so the wishes of his worldly friends,--s0 muny from their sorrows. And in this abounded in those considerate attenhis disciples should resemble Him. Al. tions to the humble acquaintance, which though they know that the soul is better only a delicate mind could imagine, worth than the body, and the interests of and a dexterous skill could execute, eternity more precious than those of ) and could subject himself to all sorts of

inconvenience in order to " carry a ray mild and accessible, and, like the Sun of gladness from the social circle into of Righteousness, they should carry the sick man's cottage;" or to temper such healing in their wings, as to make with his own diffusive gladness the bit their very presence the harbinger of terness of some humble disciple. No joy. It was said of Charles of Bala, disciple can resemble his Lord, who that it was a good sermon to look at does not maintain this benignant bear. | him. And so much of the Master's ing to all around him. Grace was in mind should reside in each disciple as fused into the lips of Jesus. None in to make that true of him, which the old the guise of humanity was ever con elegy says of one of England's finest scious of such power within ; none worthies :ever gave outlet to inherent power in “ Á sweet attractive kind of grace, milder coruscations. His gentleness A full assurance given by looks, made him great; and so engaging was

Continual comfort in a face,

The lineaments of Gospel-books; his aspect, so compassionate his mien,

For sure that count'nance cannot lie, that frail mortality could lay its head

Where thoughts are written in the securely on his bosom, though á Sheki

eye.” nah slept within. Believers should in February 16, 1851. this resemble Jesus. They should be

THE BISHOP OF EXÉTER'S SYNOD. This Body, without a particle of legal | an act of defiance, in retaliation upon pouer, has sat for three days; and, the decision obtained in the Gorham under the acute generalship of its Case. It is a strange state of things Leader, has taken care, we suppose, to that enables a Bishop to vent his spite do nothing which can be construed into in such a form. We are on the eve of a violation of law. The declarations of a mighty struggle. With the Romanthis mock Synod are just so much waste izing spirit of many of the clergy, it will paper, as they can neither bind its own be unsafe, on the part of the British members, nor any clergyman beyond Parliament, to grant them a particle its precincts. It has pronounced upon more power. If they choose to revarious matters, such as Baptismal Re- linquish their status and their livings, generation, Schism, Church Education, LET THEM ;-but all friends of liberty &c. &c.; but the matters pronounced must see to it that, while they hold upon remain just where they were, as their position in the Establishment, no there is not an atom of authority in the power of persecuting their godly bretribunal, known to the law of the land. thren shall be put into their hands. A A presentation of a living by the Lord REAL Synod, with a Convocation apChancellor, to some clergyman of Evan- pended to it, in these times, would bring gelical principles would bring the whole us back, in twelve short months, to matter to the test; and would show that scenes of turmoil, and strife, and arbi. the declaration of the Synod on Bap- trary power, which would involve Great tism is not worth a single farthing. Britain and her colonies in the most

But assuredly the Church of England, disastrous consequences. Englishmen as it respects her Discipline, is in an are too well acquainted with the history exceedingly confused and unsatisfactory of the Convocation to venture on its state. The would-be Synod is strictly resuscitation in any form. As the

Puseyite party are ill at ease with the But a grand question yet remains to control which the state puts upon their be solved. What is to reach the grow. popish doings, they will struggle hard ing Popery of the Church of England ? to shake themselves rid of its control, It has yet had no effectual check. There and at the same time to retain all their seems no existing power to reach it. interest in the church property. We The Evangelicals contend well for their say, "No,-the voice of the country freedom and for certain points of Chrissays emphatically, no. Leave the tian doctrine; but the wrong teaching Establishment, if you think fit, and goes on in the Establishment; Dr. theu have as many voluntary Synods Pusey is in his place; and Oxford is and Convocations as you please; but still a nursery for Rome. Would that while you remain in the pay of the some man of power were raised up to State, the nation is interested in your work deliverance for our country. We having no separate powers of legislation believe that our stealthy Popery is an for checking the civil and religious free. abomination in the sight of the Lord. dom of this advancing age."

CONGREGATIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION. A Public Meeting and Conference the Government to its proper work." were held, on the 26th and 27th of “ As a Nonconformist he objected enJune, at the London Tavern, and at tirely to any attempt by the State to the Congregational Library, Blomfield force religion upon the people. He bestreet, with a view to promote and con- lieved that all such attempts by law to solidate the Educational plans under make men religious was, to adopt the taken by the Board. Samuel Morley, words of a man well known to most of Èsq., presided at the first meeting; and them, and much respected — to lose Charles Robertson, Esq., of Liverpool, more souls than it saved. By that at the second. The first Meeting was he meant to say, that it tended to numerously attended; and the Chair- make men hypocrites rather than reman well expounded the principles ligious men; and he believed and adopted and acted upon by the Congre- maintained the opinion most distinctly, gational Board. " The basis," he said, that the Established Church of this

upon which we stand is, that education, country was ån organization upheld by to be worth anything, must be religious, force." We believe, in our circumand that, as such, we can no parties stances, though abstractly we are not to any interference by or help from the able to go all lengths with the respected government, with a view to the promo-Chairman, it will be the duty and intion of such education." He added: terest of Congregational Dissenters, to “ Most of us are prepared to go farther content themselves with doing what öven than this, and to say that, even if they can to educate the people in their it were possible to separate schools from own way, leaving others to pursue the religious education, still that it would same course ; but to resist stedfastly be the wisdom of the people of this all government methods of Education country to refuse Government aid, and which would throw the teaching of the oppose any interference with, or med people into the hands of those, who dling whatever with the mind of the have either neglected it, or done it people; that the cause of liberty, no less badly and inefficiently. than of religion, is involved in keeping Dr. Massie opened the meeting with

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