lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
The loves and sympathies which God
Himself has planted in the soul shall there find truest and sweetest exercise.
The pure communion with holy beings, the harmonious social life with the
blessed angels and with the faithful ones of all ages, who have washed their
robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, the sacred ties that bind
together "the whole family in heaven and earth"--these help to
constitute the happiness of the redeemed.
Amid the ransomed throng are the apostles
of Christ, the heroic Paul, the ardent Peter, the loved and loving John, and
their true-hearted brethren, and with them the vast host of martyrs.
Heaven is full of joy. It resounds with
the praise of Him who made so wonderful a sacrifice for the redemption of the
human race. Should not the church on earth be full of praise? Should not
Christians publish throughout the world the joy of serving Christ? Those who in
heaven join with the angelic choir in their anthem of praise must learn on
earth the song of heaven, the keynote of which is thanksgiving.
Everything in heaven is noble and
elevated. All seek the interest and happiness of others. No one devotes himself
to looking out and caring for self. It is the chief joy of all holy beings to
witness the joy and happiness of those around them.
If you have trials here, and feel
lonesome, look away from this dark world to the bright glories of heaven. Set
your affections upon heavenly joys, and then you will not feel so deeply the
trials and disappointments of this life, for you will feel that you have a home
in glory, a crown, a harp, and a lovely Saviour there. Strive for that blest
inheritance which God has promised to those that love Him and keep His
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