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your friends, and shew their friendship by helping you forward in the career of ruin,—tell them that you are looking to heaven;—and that as your heart is there, you are resolved, by God's grace, to have your conversation there also !

I say particularly to parents, guard your youthful charge against those“ foolish and hurtful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.” Let not your conduct give proof to the allegation so commonly made against the present age,—that our very children must now be initiated into the follies of the world ;—that though young in years, they must be matured in the ways of dissipation,-and that they must be taught, almost in spite of themselves,—to be “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.” Do not, however, suppose, that I wish you to throw a shade of gloom, and austerity, and sorrow, over your domestic circle. Far otherwise :-let religion be presented to them in its native garb of cheerfulness, and peace, and joy. But let their thoughts be guided to the immortality for which they are destined ;-let their views be directed to the Saviour who died to redeem them from the “ vain conversation" and evil maxims of the world ;-let them be diligently taught the precept—and steadily inured to the habit of self-denial, in the midst of those temptations with which they are constantly surrounded;


-and let their minds be so deeply imbued with the purest principles of religion, that all the gaieties of life, in which they are permitted to indulge, may be tempered and regulated by a sense of God's constant presence, and the prospects of death and judgment.

Finally, I would say to the young themselves, be continually in an attitude of resistance to “ the sin which most easily besets you”—the love of pleasure and amusement. Forget not your spiritual privileges, and your immortal hopes. Remember, young as you are—you are but like the oldest among us,—“ strangers, and pilgrims upon earth.” And though you may pluck the roses of worldly delight, as you move along,--think, O think, how poor and fading they are, when compared with the pleasures of religion,—and with the fruit of “the Tree of Life which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Wisdom's “ways,” remember, “are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” Walk in them, and it shall be well with you now and for ever;— but if, in the flush, and impatience, and impetuosity of youth, you turn a deaf ear to these exhortations, and go on to be “lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,”— take this awful warning-written in the Book of God :-“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth ; and walk in the ways of thine heart,

and in the sight of thine eyes ; but know thou, that, for all these things, God will bring thee into judgment.”

That it may please God, in his mercy, to avert from all of us the vengeance denounced against them that know him not,-I entreat you will all let your hearts fervently and devoutly join with me in offering to the throne of grace that beautiful and appropriate collect of our church, with which I shall conclude :

“O God, who hast prepared for them that love thee, such good things as pass man's understanding; pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.”




ROMANS VIII. 9.—“ If any man have not the Spirit of

Christ, he is none of his.

To belong to the family of Christ is an honour which many claim, without being at all entitled to the privilege ;—possessing neither the temper nor the disposition which distinguished Christ himself. Now, from the words of the text, and indeed, from the whole tenor of the evangelical and apostolic writings, we may plainly infer, that this is a most dangerous self-delusion. In the hope, therefore, of enabling you, under divine grace, to “prove your own selves” by the sure test of the Gospel, it is my present intention briefly to consider what those qualities are which shine with such peculiar lustre in the character of the Son of God,—to shew you indispensable it is for all who call upon his name, to let the same mind be in them, which was also in Christ Jesus,—and to entreat you all honestly


and impartially, to ask yourselves, whether you are of the number of merely nominal christians, or whether you have in truth “ the Spirit of Christ ?

The first quality that attracts our notice in the character of Christ, is, his unceasing anxiety for the glory of God. Here indeed, he seems to be warıned with all the fervour of heaven. It was his zeal for the honour of his heavenly Father, that made him lay aside the robes of his Majesty,--leave the realms of glory,—take upon him the nature—the infirmities of those whom he “came to seek and to save,” and sojourn in this vale of sorrows. It was a pure, disinterested zeal-a zeal that scorned to assert the cause of God from selfish motives. Far other views inspired the bosom of our blessed Redeemera sincere determination, under all circumstances to promote the glory of his Father, animated his soul; and we may be assured, that if we do not partake of this spirit, we cannot “glorify God in our souls and bodies which are his." If we are careless and lukewarm in the cause of God, most certainly we shall not resemble the character of Him, whose “meat and drink it was to do the will of his Father.” neglect his sanctuary, make light of his sacraments, and despise his ordinances,—we have not the Spirit of that Holy Saviour, whose custom it was to attend the synagogue every

If we

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