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“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to overy greatur
ON THE ICE. (T was a sad close to a day in last foolhardy companion he would ven
winter, when the lifeless body of ture. They had scarcely left the Widow C—'s son was brought
's son was brought margin when the ice broke, and to to the door which he had left only the horror of a crowd of playmates, two hours before in the full flush of who were too prudent to follow them, health.
they were both precipitated into the He had been warned not to go far water. The efforts of these youths on the ice by a labourer who was to save their drowning companions passing at the time, but along with a were very touching. Although re
“Great is the Holy One of Israel” (ISAIAH XII. 6).
fusing to go on the ice for pleasure, although not altogether new to me, several of them ventured on immedi- were too strong now to be put away. ately to lend a helping hand to their I did not wish to put them away. I friends in their extremity.
found that I had been walking on They soon succeeded in rescuing slippery places, and my
soul sinking one of the two, who had taken hold in the foul waters of sin. I cried to of the ice at a point where it was the Lord again ; and He has heard comparatively firm, and four of them me, and set my feet upon a rock, and carried him off immediately to an
my goings. And now He adjoining cottage.
has put a new song into my mouth, But Widow C-'s son perished.
even praise unto my God, and I have He too came to the surface seized been singing that song ever since.” hold of the ice—and the eager youths
Reader, are you on slippery ground? joining hand to hand did what they It is enjoyable, is it?—that life of could to rescue him. But again the worldliness, of gaiety, of self-seeking? ice broke just as he was reached, and But how thick is the ice beneath again he sank, never more to rise.
feet? And what is beneath the His body was not found for some ice ? How long will your pleasure hours afterwards.
last? And when it ends, what is It was the saving of the spiritual your prospect of salvation ? Suppose as well as the bodily life of the lad it were to end suddenly? Would who was rescued. “As I was sink- your confusion and terror help you ing,” he said to me a fortnight after, to the shore? “ One shall be taken “these words came suddenly to my and the other left.” Think of it mind—I had learned them two days which of the two are you to be? before for the Sunday-school—'He
C. sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters.' I cried, “Lord, save me; I perish!'
Treat Yourself as You Treat Others And He did save me; and since then Treat yourselves, my dear friends, as yo
W He has saved me again, and this time have been accustomed to treat others. for ever. It was a solemn night for get another man's character and tie it u
to the halberds, and out with our grea me that, when I awoke to find my- whip and begin to lay it on with all ou self saved, and poor Wpoor W— lost; and
force, and after the flogging we wash th I had many solemn thoughts, which, poor creature with a kind of briny pretend
“With Him is wisdom and strength" (JOB XII. 13).
at excusing his sins. Ah, just serve thy
Believe Good Things of God.
WHEN in the storm it seems to thee man, and lay on the whip. Do not spare That He who rules the raging sea him. When
When you have got yourself tied up, Is sleeping--still, with bended knee, hit hard, sir ; it is a great rascal you are
Believe good things of God. whipping. Now then, a heavy blow! Kill
When thou hast sought in vain to find him if you can.
The sooner he is dead the The silver thread of love entwined better; for when he is once killed as to all With life's oft-tangled web-resigned, idea of righteousness in himself, then he
Believe good things of God. will begin to lead a new life and be a new And should He smite thee till thy heart creature in Christ Jesus. Make him feel Is crushed beneath the bruising smart, that the leprosy lies deep within. Give
Still, while the bitter teardrops start,
Believe good things of God. him no rest. Treat him as cruelly as he | could treat another. 'Twould be only his 'Tis true, thou canst not understand deserts.
The dealings of thy Father's hand ;
But, trusting what His love has planned, But who is this that I am telling you to
Believe good things of God. treat so? Yourself, my hearer, yourself.
He loves thee! In that love confide, Be as severe as you can, but let the culprit
Unchanging, faithful, true, and tried ; be yourself. Put on the wig, and sit upon And let or joy or grief betide, the judgment-seat. Read the king's com
Believe good things of God. mission. There is such a commission for
Thou canst not raise thy thoughts too high ; you to be a judge. It says, Judge thyself As spreads above the earth the sky, —though it says, Judge not others. Put So do His thoughts thy thoughts outvio on, I say, your robes ; sit up there, and
Believe good things of God. then bring up the culprit. Make him
In spite of what thine eyes behold ; stand at the bar. Accuse him; plead In spite of what thy fears have told ; against him ; condemn him. Say, “ Take Still to His gracious promise hold,
Believe good things of God. him away, jailer.” Find out the hardest punishment you can discover in the statute For know, that what thou canst believe book, and believe that he deserves it all. Thou shalt in His good time receive ; Be as severe as ever you can on yourself,
Thou canst not half His love conceive,
Believe good things of God. even to the putting on the black and сар,
WILLIAM LUFF. reading the sentence of death. When
have done this you will be in a hopeful way for life, for him that condemns THERE is too often a burden of care in gethimself God absolves. He that stands ting riches, a burden of anxiety in keeping self-convicted may look to Christ hanging them, a burden of temptation in using them, on the cross, and see himself hanging there, a burden of guilt in abusing them, a burden and see his sins for ever put away by the of sorrow in losing them, and a burden of sacrifice of Jesus on the tree.-C. H. account at last to be given for possessing Spurgeon.
and either improving or misimproving them.