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The Pedantic Conscience

The Pedantic Conscience

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BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.

"Ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs,
and pass over judgment and the love of God."

Luke xi. 42.
BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.

"Ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs,
and pass over judgment and the love of God."

Luke xi. 42.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 30, 2013
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THE PEDATIC COSCIECEBY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d."Ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs,and pass over judgment and the love of God."Luke xi. 42.It is possible to overlook large ends in ourobtrusive care for small ones. It sometimeshappens that we cannot see the wood for thetrees. A man may be so intent upon a tomb-stone that he cannot see the Church. He maybe so absorbed in ecclesiastical machinerythat he overlooks eternal truth. He can fixhis eyes upon his boots and never have aglimpse of the mountains. He can be soengaged with mint and rue that he nevercatches sight of God's righteousness, whichis "like the great mountains," and of God's judgments, which are "like the great deep.'"And all this breeds an extraordinary delu-sion ; we come to think that tithing mint andrue is more vital than reflecting the life andlove of God. The lesser thing begins to satis-113114 THE FRIED O THE ROADfy the soul which was intended to find itsbread in the infinite. A sprig of mint sup-plants the tree of life.ow this delusion seizes upon the soul
with great subtlety. It hides itself behindapparent patches of grace. It inclines a manwho has violated the holy law of gratitudeto find a soothing consolation in charities.The man who gives unfair wages seeks satis-faction in building a row of almshouses. The jerry-builder, who just throws his houses to-gether, makes atonement for the flimsy struc-ture by putting in a pretty wall-paper andplenty of electric bells. We find delight in atrifling conscientiousness while the big ne-cessities are overlooked. We live and lovein little byways of truth and virtue, and notin the great highways of the exceedinglybroad commandments of God. And so allthe big things are belittled. Charity takesthe place of love. An occasional kindnessbecomes the substitute for righteousness.Ecclesiastical postures are more to be de-sired than the piety which worships the Lordin spirit and in truth.The smaller things are purposed by ourGod to be the adjuncts of the bigger things ;THE PEDATIC COSCIECE 115better still, they are purposed to be theirfruits and not their substitutes. Our holi-ness is to be the explanation of our tithes.Our love is to be the fountain of our benef-icence. The love of Christ is to constrainus ! We are to pass from the big things to thesmaller things, from the Great WhiteThrone to our social courtesies, and fromCalvary to our beneficence. Everything isto have the seal of the highest. "We lovebecause He first loved." We are to tithe

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