The most effective eloquence!
(John MacDuff, "The Precepts of Jesus"
A guide through life to immortality!)
"Let your light so shine before men, that they
may see your good works,
and glorify your
Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
What unspeakable injury has been done to the
cause of Christ,
by the inconsistent lives of many
professors of religion! To unholy lives, must
ascribed the comparatively little progress which
has hitherto made. It is this . . .
which emboldens the scoffer,
which encourages the profligate,
which strengthens the hands of the infidel,
which seals the eyes of the impenitent in
Those who bear the name of Jesus should ever
remember—that the eyes of
an ungodly world
are upon them, and that their impression of the
gospel, both in its nature and results—is derived
from what they
witness in the conduct of those
who are identified with it!
Bible," as one observes, "is God's revelation
to Christians; and
Christians are God's revelation
to the world." The sacred Scriptures are not
by the careless and ungodly multitude—but they
are eager in
reading the character of the followers
How important is it, then, that they should give, by
their spirit and
deportment—a correct representation
of our holy religion!
Great is the power of impassioned oratory, as embodied
words, dramatic gestures, and flowing tears.
But, after all, the most effective eloquence—is that
of a pure, upright, consistent life! This shames the
accusers of our holy faith; and puts to silence the
ignorance of foolish
Christian, let it be your earnest prayer and daily
endeavor, to adorn the doctrine of your Savior,
not in some things—but
in all things. Adorn it . . .
by the purity of your conversation,
by the blamelessness of your life,
by the integrity of your dealings,
by your abhorrence of all which is base or impure.
Adorn it in the various conditions
in which you may be placed—
in prosperity or adversity;
in obscurity or eminence;
in health or sickness;
in joy or sorrow;
in youth or old age;
in life or death.
"For this very reason, make every effort to
add to your faith goodness;
and to goodness, knowledge;
and to knowledge, self-control;
and to self-control, perseverance;
and to perseverance, godliness;
and to godliness, brotherly kindness;
and to brotherly kindness, love.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing
measure, they will keep you from being ineffective
and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord
Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 1:5-8
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