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The Conflict of the Christian in Christ.

The Conflict of the Christian in Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


Rom. 12:16-21.

BE not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil
for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it
be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all
men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto
wrath : for it is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will repay, saith the
Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, give
him drink : for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


Rom. 12:16-21.

BE not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil
for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it
be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all
men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto
wrath : for it is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will repay, saith the
Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, give
him drink : for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."

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The Conflict of the Christian in Christ. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M Rom. 12:16-21. BE not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath : for it is written, Vengeance is mine ; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him ; if he thirst, give him drink : for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Dearly Beloved: — This text, as you will perceive, is only a continua- tion of the texts of the last two Sundays, found in the twelfth chapter of Komans. Last Sunday evening we heard how the Christian in Christ must abhor evil and cleave to that which is good. The Christian in Christ must not only abhor the evil and cleave to the good, but he must enter the conflict that takes place between good and evil. It is impossible for good and evil to dwell together, just as much as it is for darkness and light to remain in the same room; the one must expel the other, and consequently Christianity in its truth and purity is a battle. The apostle Paul said, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.'' We sang just a few moments ago that beautiful hymn : "Am I a soldier of the Cross, A follower of the Lamb;
 
And shall I fear to own His cause, Or blush to speak His name?" 175 176 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. And now that you have sung that first stanza, I wonder what your answer is to the question, i^re you a soldier of the Cross, or are you a soldier of the devil? Are you a follower of the Lamb, or a follower of Satan? Are you on the narrow way, battling for righteousness toward heaven, or are you on the broad way that leads to de- struction? There is no question about what a Christian's attitude ought to be if he is in Christ. ''Sure I must fight if I would reign : Increase my courage, Lord; I'll bear the toil, endure the pain, Supported by Thy Word." I call your attention this morning to THE COFLICT OF THE CHRISTIA I CHRIST. The conflict is mentioned in the last verse of our text when it is said, "Be not overcome of evil, but over- come evil with good.'' I. The Christian in Christ must not let evil over- come him, for this may be done according to the words of our text, in three different ways: By thinking he is too smart to learn anything; by seeking revenge, and by selling truth for peace. 1. "Be not wise in your own conceits." The human mind is prone to think itself very wise, and one of the reasons so many people think they are wise is because
 
their minds are so poorly developed that they fail to see the many things concerning which they know nothing. When you were small, you imagined that your house was a very large house; you imagined that the hills around your home were very large hills, but when you began to travel around in the world, you saw the Rpcky Mount- ains, and then you came home and were surprised to find what little banks those were that you formerly thought were such great hills; and when you have gone into the larger buildings of the world, you were surprised to find how little the rooms were where you were born. When 1 stood in my old home the other day and looked up at the THIRD SUDAY AFTER EPIPHAY. 177 ceiling, I could not imagine that was the same house I used to live in; my head nearly touched the plastering, and we used to think that was a big house. So it is with regard to the human mind; when one imagines he know& it all, and there is nothing for him to learn any more, he is filled with his own conceit, and instead of permitting evil to be overcome, evil has overcome him. The one thing we should all learn is to know ourselves. The old Greek motto, "Know Thyself,'^ was written over the door, that the children might read it every day, and nothing has ever been able to make us know ourselves as the revelation of God, the Word w^hich we hear from day to day out of the old Book. Let me then advise you in this evening hour, not to get, as the apostle Paul calls it, "heady;'' do not get such a big head on your shoulders that you imagine what you do not know is not worth knowing, and that for you it is impossible to learn anything more. Oh, Avhat a fool the man is in the home when he thinks the wife knows nothing, and that even the children never knoAV anything. What a fool the woman is in the home when she imagines that she knows; it all, and the husband and father knows nothing at alL What a fool a servant is in the home when he imagines he

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