We get into a kind of stereotyped way of working for God. But how often the less gifted man, feeble in his mental power and slow in its exercise — painfully acquiring the needed knowledge with continuous effort, how often is such a one regarded only with a half-contemptuous pity. 2. Through Him God goes forth to His creatures. Leighton. )In what a variety of ways we may serve and benefit othersG. The labour of love is essential not only to good stewardship, but to the Christian character itself; and every man may make — and ought to make if there be any difficulty in the way — leisure and opportunity for such labour of love. make the most of your chances; once lost, they come not back again. (2) This is true in a much higher sense since the Word has become Incarnate, and through His Incarnation reconciled us to God. The wise must help the ignorant. But, besides being intelligent and humble, prayer must be offered in faith. How long would a master endure that kind of conduct, and consent to be shut out of the disposal and enjoyment of his own property? It urges upon us that we are all brethren. The thing is to go round — a perpetual interchange of blessings and gifts, a mutual well-doing, a generous commerce of souls, supplying each other's lack out of each other's abundance from the highest to the lowest, and from the lowest to the highest. Further, I would say prayer must be in earnest. As long as the mountain and valley exist the inequalities of society will exist; but as in the economy of nature there is no antagonism between the height and the depth, the mountain sending its streams into the valley, and the valley sending its fertility creeping up the mountain side; so there need be no war between rich and poor, between capital and labour, because together they establish that interdependence among men which is essential to the growth and perfecting of all. "Am I a good steward of this manifold grace?" Fervent Love . If the government is watchful over the public tranquillity and safety; if the magistrate maintains the laws in their due respect, and protects the individual in his property; if one preceptor teaches the child the elements of human knowledge, another instructs the youth in the higher branches of science; if the statesman is attentive to the several exigencies of the country and provides for its great concerns; the countryman produces a plentiful supply of food from the furrows of his plough and the fields he industriously cultivates; the manufacturer and the mechanic work up and improve the products of the country; the tradesman brings them into circulation, and the merchant barters the surplus against those of other nations; thus thousands of hands are set in motion which none of those could perform without neglecting their own, and which are equally indispensable with theirs. Varied.3. PERSONAL CHRISTLINESS IS A DIVINE GIFT TO BE SOCIALLY EMPLOYED. Otherwise, they are as likely to possess us as we are to possess them, to be our masters as we are to be theirs.3. We want to raise up the new life within men. It was the exercise of a grace, and not merely good temper, upon which he insisted. "This also we wish," said St. Paul, "even your perfection.". Here is strength of mind, there strength of body; here the power of beauty, there the power of eloquence; here the command of oneself and the passions, there the authority of the ruler and the commander over his subjects; here impetuous, overwhelming, there mild, insinuating, yet more irresistible force. The strong must help the weak. She was intelligent. You rise from the study with different feelings: from the one, inclined to despise your species; from the other, able joyfully to understand in part why God so loved the world, and what there is in man to love, and what there is, even in the lost, to seek and save. Give in measure and in kind as ye have received. 1. And having cast his care upon the Lord, he leaves it where it is cast. We read of our most famous heroes, conquerors, statesmen, and all we can see of them is a tomb in our calm cathedral. The test of a Christly life. (2) The desire to bless. Further, I think the text would teach us to be sober in our griefs — whether in time of sickness, or sorrow, or adversity, or bereavement. L. Watkinson.I. The sphere of this charity: "among yourselves," that is, among Christians. They must first be filled with the glory, before the glory can stream forth. The imperfectly sanctified Christian needs not to make a special effort in order to transgress. The living spring spontaneously leaps up into the sunlight, while standing water must be pumped up. 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,. God is glorified by the diffusion of such knowledge respecting His works, as tends to give a lively conviction of His existence, and His attributes of power, wisdom, and goodness.2. The funds put into our charge must be administered. And, again, how constantly does experience prove that there is a special gift of imparting knowledge distinct from that of attaining it. 1 Peter speaks of maintaining a sense of seriousness and discipline in the meantime before the end (4:7). Do you say, "Yes, if I were a Garibaldi, or a Victor Hugo, or a John Bright, I would rejoice to serve my generation; but my talent is small, I am only one of the million"? The rich must help the poor. She was well dressed. Everybody knows of Livingstone, of Bishop Hannington, of Paten, of Calvert; but the sublime enterprise conducted by these heroes would be impossible if it were not for the self-denying work of labouring men, farm servants, domestic servants, little children who give and collect coppers through the land and through the year. The perfection of gifts consists not only in the having of it, but in the use thereof.3. CONSIDER LASTLY, HOW MANIFOLD AND DIFFERENT THE METHODS IN WHICH YE MAY SERVE YOUR BRETHREN, IN WHICH YE MAY DO THEM ALL THE GOOD THAT YE ARE ABLE. Concerning this charity we remark two points. And now let each exchange his capacities and endowments and possessions against those of the other; now let every one apply the particular talent entrusted to him, as often as he has the proper motive and opportunity for it; what a blessing would the prodigiously various commutation of kind offices, of assistance and support, of benevolence and beneficence, be to all in general and to each in particular!IV. The contrary is the case with these mirrors of our spirits. Or it may be so worthily framed and so fitly placed that the skill and power of the artist's work appeal to the most casual beholder. Consider what inducements to forget God, and to transgress His commandments, come from the worldly or the gay society in which we move. PARTICULAR RULES FOR THE PREACHING OF THE WORD MAY BE MANY, but this is a most comprehensive one which the apostle gives; "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God."1. 4. 4. Service — tender, considerate, beneficent work for others — ennobles a man, and is the first thing to do so. (a) By doing acts which love demands. Again, we should watch against the distracting influence of an over-anxious and careful spirit in prayer. "The roads are bad," "It is inconvenient," and the carriage is not forthcoming. This brings most peace to our conscience both in life and death.5. II. 2. These are gifts which are common to all, and within the reach of all. 1:22; 3:8). We have been ever apt to look on the grace of God in one or at most in some few of its aspects only. Because St. John was emphatically the apostle of love, it must not be supposed that the inculcation of this virtue was left to him alone. It offers reflective and incisive commentary on a wide range of issues, helping to sort through the maze of competing opinions, worldviews, ideologies and value systems. The end of all things earthly is at hand, so far as we are concerned with them, or take an interest in them, because we shall soon leave them all behind. II. Further, we must watch against any unsubdued tendencies to evil in our own hearts, in prayer. Most evil is perverted good. No doubt that is sometimes true. One has ingenuity, an extensive, strong turn for invention; the other has judgment and dexterity in execution. First, then, we must remark that these words are quoted by St. Peter from the Book of Proverbs. Give us the man who can be insulted and not retaliate, meet rudeness and still be courteous; the man who, like the Apostle Paul, buffeted and disliked, can yet be generous and make allowances and say, "I will very gladly spend and be spent for you, though the more abundantly I love you the less I be loved." This chapter directs us … This is a very powerful consideration when we reflect what He hath done for us, and upon the example which He hath left us for our imitation. Now I believe that God has distributed His gifts variously for this very purpose among others, to force upon us a partnership in good works. By and by the gentleman orders his carriage to be sent round at a given time. Beard. The gardener distinctly declines to do anything of the sort. It is equally certain that charity towards men cannot atone for our sins against God; for though the love of our neighbour be a characteristic badge of our Christian profession, though it is vain to pretend our love towards our Heavenly Father, whilst we hate our fellow creatures; though the second commandment necessarily springs from the first, and is like unto it in its nature, still it cannot be made in any degree to supersede it. B. Meyer, B. Not to get something but to give something. You will receive as high a reward and as lofty a commendation. CONSIDER AGAIN HOW DIFFERENT THE WANTS OF MANKIND AND HOW VARIOUS THEIR SUFFERINGS, AND THENCE JUDGE IN WHAT A VARIETY OF WAYS ONE MAY SERVE AND BE USEFUL TO ANOTHER. She was strikingly beautiful. What is wanting to the former is possessed by the latter. (Dean Alford. How many classes and descriptions of persons fill up the interval between the monarch or the prince and the meanest of his subjects! It naturally follows from the former argument that the exercise of charity is the most delightful exercise we can choose for ourselves. I do not mean that we are to be idle and indifferent, but we need not be noisy. By and by he will feel them become the habit of his soul. The fourth particular is the remembrance of our past mischiefs as a motive for leniency of judgment. And now what practical lessons ought we to learn from the view we have thus taken of ourselves, as dying creatures, and of this as a fading world? 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