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The Soul and the Compass.

The Soul and the Compass.

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" So God created man in His own image ; . . . male and female
created He them." — Gen. i. 27.

" So God created man in His own image ; . . . male and female
created He them." — Gen. i. 27.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Feb 28, 2014
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THE SOUL AND THE COMPASS. BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH " So God created man in His own image ; . . . male and female created He them." — Gen. i. 27. That is a very remarkable and a very odd state-ment. It is the strongest assertion of the dignity of human nature that could be put into language. It is a declaration also that our ability to achieve is without limit, and it is a curious commentary on the injunction to "be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect." If my first text represents the fact of the case, my second need not be re-garded as containing any exaggeration, for it simply expresses what ought to be rightfully and fairly expected. If we are made in the image of God, and if He did breathe into us the breath of His own life, then we should not only feel chagrin at the little we have accomplished, but be encouraged to begin another day's work with the hope of better results.
30 THE SOUL AND THE COMPASS. 3 1 What enthusiasm comes from the thought that some part of God is in literal fact a part of us, and that some part of us is a part of God ! God, there-fore, is to a certain extent resident in every soul, and every soul has impulses which are godlike. Why does the magnetic needle point to the north ? Because that omnipotent and omnipresent something which no man can accurately define has been sent through its substance. As a mere bar of steel it cares no more for the north than for the east ; but when it has felt the magic current it be-comes a steel bar plus a mysterious endowment, and that precious endowment so changes its char-acter that thereafter it turns restlessly on its pivot until it points to the north, and then it becomes quiet.
It may be deflected, however, by some powerful influence, and in that case it is impossible to de-pend on it until the foreign and intrusive substance is removed. It is precisely so with the soul. Naturally it turns to God, like the needle to the pole, for the simple reason that the part of God within us seeks its source ; but unworthy influences, like selfishness and avarice, can deflect that soul from its true 32 HERALD SERMONS. direction and so smother it that nearly all traces of God are lost. What we need, then, is to get back to a full con-sciousness that God and we are closely related' to each other. Therein lies the secret of religion. Call it the new birth or what you will, it is nothing more nor less than clearing away the underbrush

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