THE CHARACTER OP SIMEON.
BY DAVID M'CONAUGHY, D. D.
LuKx n. 25. — ^And, behold, there was a man in Jerutalem, whose name was Simeon^ and the same man was jast, and devout, waiting for the conso* latiou of Israel. Men often judge very erroneously of what is necessary to con-stitute a religious character. Some include only the duties which they owe to their fellow men. Honesty, as the world reckons it, and honor, and kindness, measured by the same standard, complete the amount of moral goodness which they claim, and to which they aspire. These I do not depreciate, nor regard as unnecessary. They are of indispensable import-ance. Without them, a good character is essentially deficient. The olgection is, that these are considei*ed as sufficient to the exclusion of the lore of God, from which, alone, they can have strength and real worth, and by which they ought to be conse-crated and controlled. They have moral excellence, constancy, and efficiency, only when they "are the results, of unfeigned piety. Our duty to God is of primary obligation. It does, not, how-ever, supersede, but necessarily requires the virtues of social and relative life4 Others comprise all religion in a profession of faith, and an observance of external institutions and ordinances; but experience not, nor care for that living power of faith, and holiness, which those outward forms are designecl to express and