thyself pure. 1 Tim. 5:22.
To know what constitutes purity of mind, soul, and body is an important part
character is lacking in purity, when sin has become a part of the character,
it has a bewitching power that is equal to the intoxicating glass of liquor.
The power of self-control and reason is overborne by practices that defile
the whole being; and if these sinful practices are continued, the brain is
enfeebled and diseased, and loses its balance. Such ones are a curse to themselves
and to all who have any connection with them. . . .
are more easily formed than good habits, and the bad habits are given up with
more difficulty. The natural depravity of the heart accounts for this well-known
fact--that it takes far less labor to demoralize the youth, to corrupt their
ideas of moral and religious character, than to engraft upon their character
the enduring, pure, and uncorrupted habits of righteousness and truth. Self-indulgence,
love of pleasure, enmity, pride, self-esteem, envy, jealousy, will grow spontaneously,
without example and teaching. In our present fallen state all that is needed
is to give up the mind and character to its natural tendencies. In the natural
world, give up a field to itself and you will see it covered with briers and
thorns; but if it yields precious grain or beautiful flowers, care and unremitting
labor must be applied.
present before you the necessity of constant resistance to evil. All heaven
is interested in men and women whom God has valued so much as to give His
beloved Son to die to redeem them. No other creature that God has made is
capable of such improvement, such refinement, such nobility as man. Then when
men become blunted by their own debasing passions, sunken in vice, what a
specimen for God to look upon! Man cannot conceive what he may be and what
he may become. Through the grace of Christ he is capable of constant mental
progress. Let the light of truth shine into his mind and the love of God be
shed abroad in his heart and he may, through the grace Christ has died to
impart to him, be a man of power--a child of earth but an heir of immortality.
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