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Sorrow No Sin.

Sorrow No Sin.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY JAMES MARTINEAU.

Luke xxiii. 28.

but jesus, turning unto them, said, daughters of jerusalem,
weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for tour
children.
BY JAMES MARTINEAU.

Luke xxiii. 28.

but jesus, turning unto them, said, daughters of jerusalem,
weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for tour
children.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 27, 2014
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SORROW NO SIN. BY JAMES MARTINEAU. Luke xxiii. 28. but jesus, turning unto them, said, daughters of jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for tour children. Christ, then, could invite to tears; to tears over departing excellence ; to tears which men idly call selfish ; tears ' for themselves and for their children.' He whose mission it was to teach the Paternity of Providence, and the serenity of the immortal hope, — he who himself lived in the divinest peace which they can give, thought it no treason to these truths to weep. To the eye of the Man of Sorrows, sor-row was no sin ; nor did he, who was emphatically the Son of God, see, in even the passionate utterance of grief, any of that spirit of filial distrust towards God and reluctant acceptance of his will, which have often been charged on it by the hard and cold temper of his followers. Religious professors have put their own congenial interpretation on the morality of Christ; and being themselves — but too frequently  — unfeeling and unsocial mystics, they have multi-
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plied the penances of natural emotion, and sublimed from the Gospel its pure humanities. If we accept their representations, our religion aims to cancel our natural affections, and substitute others at variance with them; the impulses of gladness and grief are SORROW NO SIN. 71 alike to be condemned as a rebel love of perishable things ; the most agitating passages of our being, which convulse us to the centre, are to be met with a rigid and tearless piety; the future, though invisible and intangible, though approachable only by kindled imagination, is to be acknowledged as the only region of the fair and good, and to supersede all other claims upon our desire and regard. The pres-ent, though the intensest point of existence, is to be comparatively unfelt ; and the past, whereof the retrospect is sweet and solemn to the travelled pil-grim, — the history of childhood and its unforgotten friendships, of youth and its unchecked aspirations, of maturity with its worn yet deeper love, its more crushing yet worthier anxieties, its purer but more melancholy wisdom, — all this, because it is human
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and not divine, of earth and not of heaven, is to be refused the tribute of a sigh. For my own part, regarding our human nature as the image of its divine parent, and in nothing more truly that image than in the impulses of its disinter-ested love, I bend in reverence before the emotions of every melted heart; believing this present life to be the worthy childhood of futurity, conceiving its interests, its happiness, to be substantially the same, but framed upon a smaller scale, and clouded with a deeper shade, I see in its history nothing trivial, in its events nothing contemptible, in its vicissitudes nothing unworthy of a man's profoundest thought. And taking the Gospel to afford a promise not of the extinction of human nature in heaven, but of its perpetuity, — an assurance not that we shall be con-verted into chill and pious phantoms, but simply elevated into immortal men, — I would gather from 72 SORROW NO SIN. that hope a deeper veneration for all the pure tastes and natural feelings of a good mind : I would main-
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