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corrected -- which all parents should try to correct in their children, while they are children. But as we grow out of childhood, as we advance to man's estate, it becomes a far graver evil, and calls more imperiously for correction. A selfish child has the excuse of ignorance, of not knowing better for its selfishness; but a selfish young man, or a selfish young woman, has not this excuse. They do know better; they have been taught better: they have been taught at least, it is strange if they have not—that the religion of Jesus Christ condemns selfishness. They have been taught that all Christians are members of one body, under Christ their Head, and, as such, have common interests, and are bound to consult not for their own separate selves, but for the good and welfare of each other.

That is why selfishness is so much worse, so much less excusable in a grown-up person than in a child.

While this fault remains uncorrected in us we have not made, and we cannot make, any progress in true religion. We have yet to be taught the very elements, the rudiments, the first beginnings, of Christian doctrine. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one for another! We have yet to learn the second of those two great commandments, on which hang all the law and the prophets,Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself !

Let me urge this earnestly upon you, my younger brethren, on whom manhood has begun to dawn; let me urge you, as you desire to be real men, to cast away selfishness — the selfishness of childhood. Learn from your Lord and Example to think of others—to care for others—to give to others—to spend, and be spent for your brethren. .

Yes! learn betimes the happy lesson of selfsurrender; to give up your own wishes, your own pleasure, your own comfort, that by so doing you may promote the pleasure, the comfort, the welfare of others.

It is, believe me, it is a most true word, which is said to have been often in our Lord's mouth,It is more blessed to give than to receive! The most truly happy are not those who are ever thinking about themselves, and planning for their own profit or pleasure, but those who, each day they rise, rise with a desire to do good to their kind ; who seek not their own, but their brother's welfare.

These only are the truly happy ones who through life are unselfish. They are free from those petty passions, envy and jealousy, which torment so many hearts. In them dwells a constant sunshine of the breast. A brother's or a sister's joy is their joy. They have the satisfaction — alas, how rare is it !- as they grow towards the grave, of reflecting that they have not lived for themselves, nor to themselves, but for their fellowcreatures, and to their God !

Once more: it is a great mark of true manliness when we are able to control ourselves ; when we have our appetites, and tempers under governance, and are not led, as children are, by every wish and whim of the moment.

They only are to be accounted manly who are masters of themselves, who act from reason, not from passion. And this is a thing to be striven after, and prayed for, by all who, like you, have come to years of discretion. You will, I hope, labour to attain it. You will be ambitious to be indeed men, by gaining the mastery over yourselves. And remember what St. Paul says,Every one that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things ! Temperate in meat and drink, temperate in speech, temperate in pleasure, temperate in the pursuit of earthly gains— temperate in all things !

That, be sure, is the way to self-mastery, to be on the watch against all excess, all inordinate affection; to bring your bodies into subjection to the law of your mind; to look in all you do, not at what is most pleasant, and to which you are most inclined, but to look at what the law of your mind enjoins-at what reason and conscience, which is the voice of God, requires you to do, and to order your steps by that law.

There are many other points in the manly character which I could wish to touch upon; and these amongst them,—The truly manly person is one who endeavours in all things to do right. He does not follow the many in doing evil; he follows the One, the Lord Jesus Christ, his Master and Example, in doing good-doing the will of God. Once let him see clearly what the will of God is, what He would have him to do, and he hastens to fulfil it; yea, though it may be that, in so doing, he has to stand alone, and to incur the taunts and ridicule of his companions. The truly manly person is not ashamed, as weak, unmanly persons sometimes are, to confess his Lord before the world- not ashamed of saying his prayers—not ashamed of being serious and devout at churchnot ashamed of going up, young and unaccompanied, to the Lord's Table. The secret of his manliness is, that he has set God before his facethat he has accustomed himself to regard God's will and pleasure above every other consideration. And so he is bold, brave in his God to do the thing that God has commanded him.

To conclude: such are some of the marks of true manliness; I hope and pray that they may be

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found in you.

To be a man or a woman, in the best sense of the word, does not only mean that we be of a certain age, and have strong and fullgrown limbs; but it means that we have attained to that age and ripeness of Christian knowledge which brings with it self-control, and good sense, and wisdom, and obedience to the law of God, and thought and care for others besides ourselves. In short, it means, as I said at the beginning, that we have risen out of childhood's weakness, and waywardness, and selfishness, to the measure of the stature of the Christian life.

This is that manliness which Holy Scripture sets before us for our aim. This is what St. Paul intended when he said, Quit you like men! I bring it before you now as a subject that is naturally connected with Confirmation. You who are going to be confirmed are no longer in age children; you are

come to

years of discretion;" you

know the evil from the good ; you will soon rank as men and women, at least in name. But I would have you rank as such in reality, and therefore I say it again, at the risk of wearying you by the repetition, that if you would be true men and true women you must cease to think, and speak, and act as children; you must leave behind you those characteristics of childhood, foolishness, waywardness, selfishness, of which I have spoken, and

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