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ciples of the Gospel, will obey their parents in such a way, as clearly to indicate that they consider it not only their duty but their privilege to serve them.
« 3. Submission to reproof is farther implied in the honour and obedience here enjoined. When I speak of children actuated by christian principle, I of course speak of those who are advanced beyond the period when bodily chastisement is necessary. But even where there is reason to hope that young people, in some measure, do feel the influence of divine truth, yet, as youth is more the season of feeling and of passion than of reason and reflection, from the hastiness of temper, and from the thoughtlessness, or the inexperience, peculiarly incident to that early period, they often act in such a way as must excite a parent's disapprobation.
“ Now the obedience required, is obedience to ip. junctions, even when accompanied with reproof if these are neglected. There is nothing, however, more offensive to the feelings, or trying to the temper, especially at this period of life, than to be found fault with. There is a certain feeling of self-confidence, a certain tone of independence, extremely natural to youth. This is thought manly, noble, dignified. It is of course cordially cherished. But this indepen. dence is invaded by being reproved. This is bringing them back to the state of children, and on this acconnt it is peculiarly revolting. But it is for this very reason, that a willingness to submit to reproof becomes one of the most decided indications of christian principle in the youthful mind.”
(To be continued.)
À MOTHER'S PRAYERS ANSWERED.
(Extract of a Letter from a Young Minister.) “ As to my labours, to a spectator I may appear to do much,—to myself it appears scarcely any thing. Ali, Sir, you know but little of my obligations to Almighty grace and redeeming.love. I look back with dismay and horror to the time when I led the van in wickedness,
· "Dar'd to attempt th' infernal gate,
. And force iny passage to the flames.' . , Regardless of the prayers, and tears, and groans of a pious mother, I rushed upon the thick bosses of God's buckler, and in the worst parts of the kingdom of darkness invented new schemes of wickedness, and dared the ALMIGHTY to do his worst. Even now may heart bleeds at the thought of the nights, when, mad with intoxication, I have returned to my tender mother, between two and three o'clock, burst open the window, poured out a torrent of abuse, and sunk upon the. bed as a monster of iniquity. Next morning I have been aroused at seven by a mournful voice, smothered with heavy sobs and tears. I have listened, and, to my inexpressible astonishment, found it was my mother pouring out her soul in this language : • () LORD, -Oh! mercy,- mercy,-mercy upon my poor child.-Lord, I will not, cannot, give him up!-Lord, he is still my child,-surely he is not yet out of the reach of mercy !~O Lord, hear, hear, I beSeech thee, a mother's prayers !-Spare, oh spare, for CHRIST's sake, the son of her old age!-O Absalom, my son ; O Absalom, my son, my son!
6 Yes, precious mother, thy prayers are now answered, and thy child,-thy worthless, guilty child, still lives, a monument of boundless grace and incomprehensible mercy.
"Excuse, dear Sir, this effusion of a heart deeply affected at the retrospection of events treasured up in my mind, and often remembered with humility, aba horrence, and inexpressible admiration at that free aud-fathomless grace, which could save a wretch like me, and make me what I am."
(Innes's Domestic Religion, p. 190.)
- ON TIME. (From “ LACON; or, Mary Things in Few Words:" by the Rev.
. Time is the most undefinable, yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past, even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of the lightning, at once exists and expires.---Time is the measure of all things, but is itself immeasurable, and the grand discloser of all things, but is itself undisclosed. Like space, it is incomprehensible, because it has no limit, and it would be still more so if it had. It is more obscure in its source than the Nile, and in its termi. pation than the Niger ; it, advances like the slowest tide, but retreats like the swiftest torrent. It gives wings of lightning to pleasure, but feet of lead to pain; and lends expectation a curb, but enjoyment a spur, It robs beauty of her charms, to bestow them on her picture, and builds a monument to merit, but denies it a house : it is the transient and deceitful flatterer of falsehood, but the tried and final friend of truth. Time is the most subtle yet the most insatia. ble of depredators, and by appearing to take nothing, is permitted to take all ; nor can it be satisfied until it has stolen the world from us, and us from the world. It constantly flies, yet overcomes all things by flight; and although it is the present ally, it will be the future conqueror of death.-Time, the cradle of hope, but the grave of ambition, is the stern corrector of fools, but the salutary counsellor of the wise, bringing all they dread to the one, and all they desire to the other; but, like Cassandra, it warns us with a voice that even the sagest discredit too long, and the silliest believe too late. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it: he that has made it his friend, will have little to fear from his enemies ; but he that has made it his enemy, will have little to hope from his friends. .
THE LORD'S PRAYER ILLUSTRATED. ,
(From an Old Writer.) Our Father, (Isa. Ixiii. 16.)
By right of creation, (Mal. ii. 10.)
By gracious adoption : (Eph. i. 5.).
The throne of thy glory, (Isa. Ixvi. 1.) .
The temple of thy angels : (Isa. vi. 1.)
By the thoughts of our hearts, (Psal. Ixxxyi. 11.) By the words of our lips, (Psal. li. 15.).
By the work of our hands : (1 Cor. x. 31.)
Of providence to defend us, (Psal. xvii.8.)
Of glory to crown us : (Col. iii. 4.) . ? Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven, (Acts
xxi. 14.) Towards us, without resistance, (1 Sam. iii. 18.) By us, without compulsion, (Psal. cxix. 36.) Universally, without exception, (Luke i. 16.) .
Eternally, without declension : (Psal. cxix. 93.) Give us this day our daily bread,
Of necessity, for our bodies, (Prov. xxx. 8.)
Of eternal life, for our souls : (John vi. 34.) , And forgive us our trespasses; (Psal. xxv. 11. .
Against the commands of thy law, (1 John iii. 4.) · Against the grace of thy gospel : (1 Tim. i. 13.) As we forgive them that trespass against us, (Matte
vi. 15.) By defaming our characters, (Matt. v. 11.) By embezzling our property, (Philem. 18.)
By abusing our persons : (Acts vii. 60.) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
the evil, (Matt. xxvi. 41.) Of overwhelming afiliction, (Fsal. cxxx. 1.) in
Of worldly enticements, (1 John ii. 15.)
Of sinful affections : (Rom. i. 26.)
for ever and ever : (Jude 25.) Thy kingdom governs all, (Psalm ciii. 19.). Thy power subdues all, (Phil. iii. 20.)
Thy glory is above all : (Psal. cxlviii. 13.)
As it is in thy purposes, (Isa. xiv. 27.)
AN ANECDOTE. A FATUIER said to his son, who was at a Sunday. Schoul, and had attended to what he heard there, "Carry this parcel to such a place.” 6 It is Sunday," said the boy. “ Put it in your pocket,” replied the father. “ God can see in my pocket," answered the child.
AN ANECDOTE. STEPHEX, King of Poland, said to those whio persuaded him to constrain some of his subjects, who were of a different rel:zion, to embrace his owy, “ [ am King of men, but not of corrscience. The doinition of conscience belongs exclusively to Gov."
IIINT TO YOUNG PERSONS WHO PROFESS AT
TACHMENT TO EVANGELICAL RELIGION.
One of the young ladies, in a family of biglı respectability, lately thought it her duty to go to a different place of worship frons that which the rest