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Forgetting the Things Which Are Behind.

Forgetting the Things Which Are Behind.

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BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Philippians 3 : 13.
BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

Philippians 3 : 13.

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FORGETTING THE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND. BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.Philippians 3 : 13. This is a part of Paul's experience. I have cited it as a rule of action for us. It is not always that one man's experience can be safely looked to by others as a model for imitation, but the disclosures which Paul makes of his inner life, present an ideal after w r hich others may strive. This is especially true of the glow-ing and elevated self-revelations which he gives us in this chapter. Nothing nobler, nothing sublimer, can be found in the history of any human soul. No won-der that impelled by such motives, regulated by such principles and directed toward such ends, his life was a success. Life is sometimes called an art. We speak of the art of living. By this it is not meant that life is to be opposed to nature. True art is always in per-fect harmony with nature. It is not meant that it is in any respect false ; for perfect art is truth. It is not meant that it is made up of shifts and expedients, for a true life like true art has unity, and all the parts are necessary to the whole. But it is meant that success
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in life depends on certain conditions and laws, which can not be set aside or changed. It is only by com-plying with those conditions, and obeying those laws that we can secure the proper results of life. We have (164) SERMONS. 165 several of these conditions grouped together in the pas-sage which has already been quoted, in which Paul de-scribes his experience. One of these he calls " For-getting the things which are behind." Another, he immediately afterward calls, "Reaching forth unto those things which are before." The former defines his treat-ment of the past, the latter of the future. Plow to deal with one and the other of these two great factors of life is a question of no small practical moment. Standing as we do between the two, or rather moving as we are continually from one to the other, outgrow-ing the one and growing up unto the other, leaving the one behind us, and yet followed by it, reaching out toward the other and yet finding it ever before us, the
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question is an important one : How shall we make the most of either? Plow shall we make the best use of the things which are behind us, of the facts and expe-riences, the conditions which have gone from us; and how shall we make the best use of the things which are before us, of the states, the experiences, the acqui-sitions, which are not yet ours ? Sometimes in a journey we come to a turning point from which we see at a glance all the way along which we have come, or all the way along which we are to go. So there are turning points in life which bring be-fore us now the entire Past, now the far-stretching Fu-ture. Sometimes we stand as on the top of Pisgah, and see the Promised Land spreading before us in all its glorious extent, a land overflowing with milk and honey. Again, we are like an Alpine traveler, who reaches some lofty summit whence he can look back and see down below him in the distance the village whence he began his journey, the green, smiling mead-ows which skirted its first stages, the rising slopes which formed the mountain's base, the steeper declivities
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