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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.


CHRISTIAN life is more than a tender senti-
ment. Christian character is more than gen-
tleness, patience, meekness, humility, kindness.
There are some men who have these qualities
who lack the more robust characteristics of man-
hood. They are weak, nerveless, spiritless. They
are wanting in courage, force, energy and that in-
definable quality called grit. Their gentleness is
the gentleness of weakness. They are not manly
men. Their virtues are of the passive kind, and
they lack those active, positive traits that give men
power and make them strong to stand and resist-
less when they move.
BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D.


CHRISTIAN life is more than a tender senti-
ment. Christian character is more than gen-
tleness, patience, meekness, humility, kindness.
There are some men who have these qualities
who lack the more robust characteristics of man-
hood. They are weak, nerveless, spiritless. They
are wanting in courage, force, energy and that in-
definable quality called grit. Their gentleness is
the gentleness of weakness. They are not manly
men. Their virtues are of the passive kind, and
they lack those active, positive traits that give men
power and make them strong to stand and resist-
less when they move.

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MANLY MEN.BY JAMES RUSSELL MILLER D.D."Let my early dreams come trueWith the good I fain would do;Clothe with life my weak intent,Let me be the thing I meant."CHRISTIAN life is more than a tender senti-ment. Christian character is more than gen-tleness, patience, meekness, humility, kindness.There are some men who have these qualitieswho lack the more robust characteristics of man-hood. They are weak, nerveless, spiritless. Theyare wanting in courage, force, energy and that in-definable quality called grit. Their gentleness isthe gentleness of weakness. They are not manlymen. Their virtues are of the passive kind, andthey lack those active, positive traits that give menpower and make them strong to stand and resist-less when they move. Such persons have nostrength of conviction. Holding their opinionslightly, their grasp of them is easily relaxed. They203204 WEEK-DAY RELIGION.are remarkable for their forbearance and meekness,thus illustrating one phase of true Christly charac-ter, but they serve only as moral buffers in societyto deaden the force of the concussion produced byother men's passions. They generate no motion,they kindle no enthusiasm, they inspire no courage,they make no aggression against the world's hosts
 
of evil. They are good men. They have the pa-tience of Job, the meekness of Moses, the amia-bility of John, but they want the boldness of Peter, the enthusiasm of Paul and the moral hero-ism of Luther superadded to their passive virtuesto make them truly strong men.There is another class of defects sometimes foundin men of very gentle spirit. They possess manyof those qualities of disposition that are most high-ly commended in the Scriptures. They are noteasily provoked. They speak the soft answer thatturneth away wrath. They endure well the roughexperiences of life. They are gentle to all menand full of kindness, and yet they are wanting inthe quality of perfect truthfulness. They are neitherfalse nor dishonest in great matters, but in countlessminor matters they are characterized by a disregardof that exact truthfulness which the religion of Christ requires. They are not careful to keepMANLY MEN 205their engagements. They are ready to promiseany favor asked of them — they have not the courageto say " No I" to a request — but they frequently failto fulfill what they so readily promise. They areunpunctual men, late at meetings, keeping otherswaiting at appointments, and often failing alto-gether to appear after the most positive engage-ment to attend. We can readily forgive the crueltyof that facetious editor who recently wrote a tearful" In Memoriam " of one of these unpunctual men,speaking of him as the " late Mr. Blank."These late people are frequently careless, too,about paying little debts. In charity, I think,"careless" is the proper word, for they do not
 
intend to defraud any one, but have permittedthemselves to grow into a loose habit of doingbusiness. They make little purchases or borrowlittle sums of money from friends, faithfully prom-ising to pay or return the amount in a day or two,but neglecting to do so, until by and by the matterfades altogether from their memory. They bor-row books also, if they chance to be of a literaryturn of mind, and other articles of various kinds,pledging themselves to return the same in a verylittle time ; and many an empty place in a libraryand many a missing article in a household pro-206 WEEK-DAY RELIGION.claim either a great many bad memories or a pain-ful want of conscientiousness in borrowers.There is still another class of blemishes forwhich I can find no more gentle designation thanthe word meannesses. No other faults detract morefrom the nobleness of manhood, and yet it must beconfessed with shame that none are more common.A man seems to possess an excellent character asbeheld from a little distance. He has many ele-ments of power, traits of usefulness, perhaps evenof greatness; but when drawn close to him intointimate personal relations, you discover evidencesof meanness which you had not suspected before.As a friend he is disingenuous. Through all theguise of good profession the marks of selfishnessand self-seeking appear. He uses his friends tofurther his own personal interests, and cares notthat they suffer loss provided he himself is ben-efited. He is not loyal to those to whom he pro-fesses such unfaltering devotion, but speaks freely inwhispers to others of their faults, disclosing manya matter entrusted to him or learned by him in the

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