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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1869 Excerpt: ...Are we, like the Apostle, troubled often and
sorely perplexed under a sense of our own infirmities, it were wise
in us to be like-minded with him in his faith, and take him for our
pattern. Doubtless all have their sorrows, and all desire comfort.
At some or other period of his life every human being has probably
some sorrow, at which the world would never guess; some
disappointment, perhaps, of which in the retrospect even he himself
is ashamed to feel the weight and the pain. A still small voice
then whispers to him, " Cast thy burden upon the Lord: He will
sustain thee," the counsel falling on the heart gently as "rain
into a fleece 1 2 Cor. xii. 9. Bom. viii. 26. of wool."1 Let every
troubled soul, then--thine, O reader, if thou art under
affliction--seek the relief needed, where none ever seek in vain;
and pray that the Spirit of Comfort may be with him in his trouble,
as He was with the afflicted Apostle. Well does that Apostle
counsel us that whilst we pray "always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit," we "watch thereunto with all
perseverance"2--with that watchfulness over self, the necessity of
which none ever felt more keenly than St. Paul, whose ardent and
impetuous nature required the correcting influence of the gentle
Spirit of the Gospel of peace. On the other hand, so surely did he
enjoy the rich consolations of that influence, that neither bonds,
nor imprisonment, nor any such thing, could subdue his courage, or
destroy his peace and hope. It seemed as if the Apostle, when under
the influence of this Holy Spirit of God, could so lift his soul
above the tyranny of outward circumstances, as to triumph over the
world. Then no darkness could obscure the light which cheered his
heart--that light ...
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