my beloved brethren, be stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1
Those who stand in defense of the honor
of God, and maintain the purity of truth at any cost, will have manifold
trials, as did our Saviour in the wilderness of temptation. The yielding
temperaments, who have not courage to condemn wrong, but keep silent when their
influence is needed to stand in the defense of right against any pressure, may
avoid many heartaches and escape many perplexities, and lose a very rich
reward, if not their own souls.
Those who in harmony with God, and
through faith in Him, receive strength to resist wrong, and stand in defense of
the right, will always have severe conflicts and will frequently have to stand
almost alone. But precious victories will be theirs while they make God their
dependence. His grace will be their strength. Their moral sense will be keen,
clear, and sensitive. Their moral powers will be equal to withstand wrong
influences. Their integrity, like that of Moses, of the purest character.
It will require moral courage to do God's
work unflinchingly. Those who do this can give no place to self-love, to
selfish considerations, ambition, love of ease, or desire to shun the cross. .
. . Shall we obey His voice, or shall we listen to the soothing voice of the
evil one, and be rocked to a fatal slumber just on the eve of eternal
Our Saviour longs to save the young. . .
. He is waiting to place upon their heads the crown of life and hear their
happy voices join in ascribing honor and glory and majesty to God and the Lamb
in the song of victory that shall echo and re-echo throughout the courts of
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