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- How to Live a Holy Life - 22/22 -


but consider that he knows the way you take and that when he has tried you, you shall come forth as gold.

"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love." Rom. 12:10. Brotherly love is precious in the sight of angels. It is the most convincing proof of the Christian religion. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another." But in addition to brotherly love there should be kind affection. This is love felt and expressed. There are those who really love, yet whose nature is such that they do not feel much love. Kind affection, like every other grace, is capable of cultivation.

"In honor preferring one another; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer." Rom. 12:10-12. These words contain depth of experience, but only by prayer and deep meditation can we descend to their depth.

But we must close by referring you to the whole of the Bible. It is a holy book, yea, the holiest of books. A life in harmony with its precepts is the holiest life. Such a life will grace the earth and shine as a star forever in heaven. Cleave to the Bible, study its pages, appropriate its truths to your own heart by faith. By living upon the Word of God, we become more like God. Heavenly words taken into the heart form a heavenly life.

Let your soul be fed each day from the blessed Book of God. Take the time. Drink deep into its pure, crystal stream, and the beauty of the Lord will grow upon you. Watch the little things in every-day life--the thought, the word, the act--until you bring the whole of your life into the habit of acting godly. Be as kind as you can be today, and you can be kinder tomorrow. This is for the Christian. We do not become Christians by growth, but we must grow after we become Christians. We can be more patient tomorrow by being as patient as we can be today. We can be better men tomorrow by being our best today. We grow as we live. If we live the right way, we shall grow that way, and the longer we grow that way, the more natural and easy the way.

Therefore let your whole life flow out in a trend with the Bible, until it wears a channel in holiness and Christian character. Gather food daily for your soul from the sacred page; live in the most intimate communion with God that is possible; meditate in his law day and night; let the love of your heart grow warmer; let life be the holiest possible. Do this, and you will be one of the jewels God will gather to bedeck the temple of the skies.

A tender blue is in the sky As sets the golden sun; Another day is passing by, And thus the moments run;

The song-bird's note is soft and low, Flying to leafy nest; In evening's peaceful twilight glow All nature sinks to rest;

The fields are wrapped in somber shroud As fades the light of day; A tender flush is on the cloud Beside the milky way;

A hush is on this world of ours; Day, dying, drops a tear; Angels' hands unveil the stars, Which one by one appear;

Now Pleiades grow sparkling bright In deepening blue above: O mild, serene autumnal night! Thy voice is full of love.

Such sacred awe my soul doth fill! Such quietness doth reign! The Voice that uttered, "Peace, be still," Has whispered once again.

The silver bars that streak the West Are short'ning one by one; Another day has gone to rest, And thus the moments run.

I've one day less to watch and wait, My Savior's face to see, Some day, and ope will be the gate. Sweet heaven, I come to thee.

Oh, may it be when sets the sun So peacefully and calm! Oh, may I hear the sweet, "Well done," When evening sings her psalm!

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It is a pleasant autumn eve; The blue is in the sky; My task is done; I take my leave. Good-by, dear friend, good-by!

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Dear reader, live alone for God; Walk blameless in his blessed Word. We may not meet each other here, But let us live in Heaven's fear, So when our work on earth is done, We'll meet each other round God's throne. Just one request I make of thee: Until we meet, pray oft for me.


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