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Practical Principles.

Practical Principles.

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


Gal. 5:25-6:10.

IF we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not
be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one
another.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


Gal. 5:25-6:10.

IF we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not
be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one
another.

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Practical Principles. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M Gal. 5:25-6:10. IF we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness ; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the Word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived : God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption ; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ : This text is a continuation of the text of last Sunday, which shows us clearly not only the way to heaven, but the practial use that we are to make of this way. We heard last Sunday the way made plain, both to hell and to heaven, but let us not suppose for a moment that pure religion consists simply in profession. Kemember that a
 
Christian life means more than simply to go to church and sit down and sing hymns and pray ; it means in daily life to live as God would have us live, in order that those 662 FIFTEETH SUDAY AFTER TRIITY. 663 who are around us may be led on the right way to heaven. There are, therefore, certain PRACTICAL PRICIPLES found in the lesson of this evening, wliich the Holy Spirit, we pray, may help us thoroughly to understand, and one of the very first is this : I. Let us imlk in the right path ourselves. "If we live in the Spirit, then let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vainglory, provoking one an- other, envying one another." "For if a man think him- self to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall we have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in an- other." In these words we plainly learn that the principle of life should be that we walk not in the path of our own selection, but rather in the path that is selected by the Lord our God, through the Holy Spirit. A young man who had just started to college came home and met a dear relative of his and said, "ow I am going to be a profes- sional man." Then said his relative, "Then what?" "Then I am going to become a man of fame, in law and in gov- ernment." "Then what?" "After I have made my repu- tation, I am going to gather up wealth." "Then what?" ^•Then I am going to build a large mansion and live like a king." "Then what?" "Then I shall try to go and
 
treat my children the same way, and give them each a home." "Then what?" "Well, then I shall spend my last days trying to take care of what I have gathered up, and live in honor and fame." "Then what?" "Then, I suppose, like all others, I shall die." "And then what?" And the young man began to think as he never thought before, and when he left that uncle of his, constantly he heard the question, "And then what?" until he made up his mind the thing to do is first of all to be prepared to meet his God, and follow in God's path of His own selection. We are warned here against the sin of pride and jeal- 664 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. ousy and envy, against the spirit of thinking ourselves better than other people are, and let us not for one mo- ment think that this spirit is seldom found. There isn't a village in which there are not a few people who think themselves above the others; there is not a congregation in which there isn't some one or more who think they are a little above the rest; there is hardly a community to be found on earth where this spirit of pride and envy and  jealousy does not exist. ow then, the practical lesson for us to learn in true Christianity is this, that we do not select our own path, but walk in the path of the Holy Spirit. "If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.'' Let us not imagine that we are so far better than other people; let us not think others are so far be- low us, but remember we are only doing that to exalt ourselves. "For every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." What is the way of the Spirit? The Word of God itself is the way of the Spirit, and when we hear this Word of God we are in the path that He leads us. When we obey the truth that we hear, and hear it for the purpose of learning that we might live it, then we are walking in

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