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Reward for Well Doing

Reward for Well Doing

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" And let us not te weary in well doing ; for in due season we shaU reap,
if we faint not," — Gal., vi, 9.
" And let us not te weary in well doing ; for in due season we shaU reap,
if we faint not," — Gal., vi, 9.

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Published by: glennpease on Feb 20, 2014
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REWARD FOR WELL DOINGBY REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D." And let us not te weary in well doing ; for in due season we shaU reap, if we faint not," — Gal., vi, 9. Paul, in writing to Timothy, after exhorting him to reprove, rebuke and exhort with all long suffering, said, that the time would come when the Church would endure sound doctrine — that is, the plain, pointed preaching of the word of truth. Whether that time has come with you we will see presently. In the reflections we shall submit we are actuated alone by a sense of duty and your good. Nothing harsh shall escape my lips, because it is not in my feelings, and yet I feel at the same time that I have only the fear of God before me, and not the fear of man in any degree whatever. "With prayer and trust in G-od let us proceed. "Man is as prone to evil as the sparks to fly upwards." As the excited, unthinking horse rushes into battle, as the ox drinketh up the water,
THE REWARD OP WELL DOINa. 401 as the ship glides before the wind, so man flows into the current of evil, that soon bears him off into the unfathomable sea of vice and wickedness. The secret, the key, which unlocks the mystery of his conduct in the face of acknowledged sin is, that there is a sort of momentary pleasure to the carnal heart in doing evil. But it should never be forgotten that the pleasures of sin are but for a season. With this strong, natural predilection to sin, it requires constant effort — effort amounting to a struggle — to breast the current, to rise above this influence and do well. And unless the heart be renewed — its carnality destroyed, and oppo-site principles and desires be inwrought in the soul, it is utterly useless for an individual, though he may have through the spirit some desire excited to do good, to hope to be able to cease to do evil, and learn to do well. Grod's especial, gracious aid must be secured. But if he has so far com-plied with Grod's requirements as to seek and ob-tain regeneration, and continues obediently seek-ing, through the means of grace instituted, aid from Grod's Holy Spirit, he may continue in well
doing to the end without becoming weary. " Let us not be weary in well doing." Let us here define what is meant by well doing. We understand the phrase as synonymous with working righteousness, which embraces all our personal and relative duties as embodied in the 18* 402 SERMONS. gospel. A man may be said to be doing well, at least to a certain extent, who is discharging his personal duties. What are some of these? Let us enumerate — and now, brethren, go along with me in enumerating, compare yourself, contrast your actions with the rule laid down. If you want to be benefited, take them up one by one, and see how you are discharging them — not how your brother is discharging them, but how you are. Thou art the man to whom I am talking, and not thy brother.

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