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On Cultivating a Serious Frame of Mind.

On Cultivating a Serious Frame of Mind.

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Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.


Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

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O CULTIVATIG A SERIOUS FRAME OF MID.BY THE REV. J. GRAT, M.A,I PETER, I. PART OF VERSE 17.Pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.Whoever is at all conversant with the sacredwritings must have remarked, that they insist,in many places, and by different modes of ex-pression, on the duty of fixing and cherishingin the heart, an habitual composure and serious-ness. Whether they admonish the children of men to stand in awe * — to set the Almighty Ruleralways before them f — or to gird up the loins of their mitids; and to be sober :{: — this hallowing of the soai, this inward solemnity, is, evidently,the point of obedience which they aim at in-culcating. JValking in the fear cf God isanother favourite phrase, employed by the holypenmen, to express the same meaning. We arecommanded to xvork out our salvation zviih trem-hlih-g §; and, in the words which I have chosenas the subject of this discourse, to pass the timeoj our sojournmg here in fear.* Psalm iv. 4. f Psalm xvi. 8.\ 1 Peter, i. 13. § Philip, ii. 12.O" CULTIVATIG A SERIOUS FRAME OF MID. 39That this is a most reasonable and necessaryadmonition ; that gravity should ever be theprevailing feature in the characters of tl:e dis-
ciples of Jesus Christ, none can deny who willmaturely consider, — 1st, that they are beiiigshaving a variety of duties to fulfil : — 2dh^, thatthey are the children of sorrow : — 3dly, thatthey are surrounded with temptations : — 4thly,that they are frail, and utterl}^ insufficient totheir own deliverance from evil: — ithly, thatthey are sinful : — 6thly, that they are short-lived : and lastly, that tliey are accountable toHeaven, in another world, for their conduct.1. During all the days of our sojourning inthis lower w^orld, we have, all of us, a largevariety of serious concerns to attend to, and of important duties to fulfil. Although the Fatherof mercies has graciously permitted that our journey should be interspersed with seasons of rest and refreshment, we must at no momentforget that this present existence is a state of service and of trial ; and as such, presenting awork of no trifling labour to be executed, anddifficulties not inconsiderable to be overcome.The purpose for which we were placed here onearth is, doubtless, not solely to take our ease,and to revel in enjoyment for many years, but,under the divine assistance, to recover ourselvesfrom our fallen state, by a course of active ex-D 440 SERMO III.ertion. Every individual has, or ought tohave, a calling in life, or a sphere of useful-ness, in w hich it is his duty and his proper bu-siness to move. His family, and the largerfamily of the community, have a claim uponhis diligence. or are our duties exclusively
confined to that occupation which constitutesour particular province in life. We have cha-rities to administer; example to hold forth ; ad-vice to communicate ; a long train of urgentobligations to discharge, as relatives, neighbours,friends, citizens, subjects. Before, my fellow-Christians, we can be thoroughly sensible of these multifarious demands upon our activity,and properly conceriied as to our faitliful com*pliance with them, you cannot but acknow-ledge that any tendency to levity, either in themiud or the behaviour, must have subsided intocomposure and though tfulness. He who i§without serious thought, it may be held as anaxiom, is without solid purpose.2. And this gravity, and soberness of dispo-sition and deportment, will appear the moreexpedient, when we next consider, thitt in ad-dition to our weight of duties, great as it is, astill heavier burden of cares and sorrows hasbeen inherited from our first parents. Theposterity of Adam, we are told, are doomed,not only to earn their bread with the sweat of O CULTIVATIG A SERIOUS FRAME OF MID. 41their brow, but also to gather the fruits of life,in the midst of thorns and thistles. Man is bornunto trouble^ as the sparks fii/ upwards *\ — Suchwas his melancholy destination from the fall; andin the sad experience of the whole human racehas it been strictly and severely accomplished.What a succession of sorrows do we encounterin our pilgrimage ! We entertain hopes, onlyto be disappointed : we lay plans, to be de-ifeated : we form friendships, to be dissolved.Some Avho are piesent, among the young and

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