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Practical Principles.

Practical Principles.

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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

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

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Practical Principles.

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
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
who are around us may be led on the right way to heaven.
There are, therefore, certain
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-
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
We are warned here against the sin of pride and jeal-
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
God's holy path. When we obey His commandments and
try to hold fast to His promises and grow in grace day
by day that we might ourselves live nearer to Him and
thus bring others with us, then we are walking in the
path of the Holy Spirit.
In other words, we must make diligent use of the
means of grace. God comes to us, as we have heard so
often, in the Word and the Holy Sacraments, and when
that Word is preached to us we should hear it; when
that W^ord is taught in the class we should be there ; Avhen
we have the opportunity to be baptized, we ought to be
baptized, if we have not been ; and when the Lord's Sup-
per is celebrated we should be found at the table and
there eat of the body and drink of the blood of Christ,
and thank God for the means of grace. And then, on
hearing His Word, we should always ask, What improve-
ment can I make in my life? How walk in the center of
the path that God has selected? This is the practical les-
son that we should all obey, to Avalk in the path that God
has selected ourselves.
II. Another practical lesson in this epistle is this :
Let us lead others in the right path. ^'Brethren, if a man
be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore
such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thy-
self, least thou also be tempted." 1 think the text
we lieard last Sunday morning and the heart searching,
must have made each one of us feel, I am the chief of sin-
ners. And if it did, with that heart searching w^e had, it
will not be long until we find that it is a very common
thing for a man to be overtaken in a fault. Where is the
man that has not been overtaken in a fault? And if we
are going to walk on the right path, what are we going
to do? Shove him off of the right path; push him
down; boast in fact that this man has fallen? o.
Let us in tlie si)irit of meekness go to such an one
and tell him where his fault is. And while we are going,
remember that the next time it will be his opportunity
to come to me and tell me w^here my fault is. I will this
time in all kindness try to lift him back on the path from
Avhich he has departed, and remember that Avhile I am
going after him, I want to do that with the same spirit I
would like to have him come and lead me back when I
go a step out of the Avay. Oh, the spirit of meekness and
love which is found in Jesus Christ. If that spirit were
used to win souls for heaven, how many would be on that
path! Our first duty, therefore, should always be to lead
those back again asIio have left the path of right.
Can you not in looking around you think of some one
who one time was bus}^ in tlie kingdom of God; some one
who was busy in the Church of God? But where is he
today? He has stepped out of the path; wandered away;
fallen by the Avayside. Have you ever gone to him with
the spirit of meekness and love, and in all privacy tried
to bring him back, that no one Avould know it? Have
you ever treated him as a mother Avould take her sick
child and press it to her bosom and give it the kiss of
love? The practical path of love is always to be kind to
the fallen: to always be kind to those who have stepped
out of the way, and bring them back. This does not mean
that we should look upon sin lightly; it does not mean
that we should not thunder a warning into the hearts of
those that seemingly have hard hearing; it does not mean
that the laws of Sinai should not thunder in their ears;
but it does mean, when the laT^' has done its work, to
come with the spirit of meekness and bring back those
that have left the right path.
And if it is our duty on the right path of life to
bring those back who have fallen by the wayside, surely
it is our duty to bring those into this path that have
never been there. If it is wrong to let one fall off of the
right path, it is surely wrong to let those off that have
never been on the right path. The very same spirit, there-
fore, urges us to hold those who are on the right path and
keep them in the right, is the same spirit that says : Go
out and find the fallen, and find the lost, and bring them
to their Savior and to salvation. ^'If a man be overtaken
in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in
the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, least thou
also be tempted.''
III. A third practical principle in this text is this:
Let us begin hurden-hearing. ''Bear ye one another's
burdens." ''For every man shall bear his own burden/'
Those two verses seem to be direct contradictions. In the
second verse we are commanded to bear one another's
burdens, and in the fifth verse commanded to bear our
own. How is it possible? We are to bear burdens that
others cannot bear; and we are to bear burdens that
others should not bear.
There are burdens that others cannot bear. The
world is full of aged people who can toil no longer
to earn their bread. The world is full of hospitals and
sick people who cannot earn their daily bread. The
world is full of cripples and little infants and the help-
less all around us. There is a class of people who abso-
lutely cannot bear their burdens. What is our duty?
With the spirit of Christ, if we are practical Christians,
we will reach out and help to bear the burdens of others.
If one of our own number is sick and cannot earn his
bread, it is a Christian duty, and love to our fellowmen
demands it, that we help to support that man. If the
Christian Church had always done its duty, you would
not find today so many poor people paying all their
money to worthless lodges. If all the Christian people
would simply keep in mind their love to their fellowmen,
and burden-bearing duty, then when one is sick we are
to run to him and help him, not because Ave had vowed
to do so; not because we had promised to help this one
and let the other go, in which there is no love at all.
o. Then we would help a man because he is a man,
because he needs help; and we would not go to a man
and say. If you pay your dues you will get help, and if
not, you cannot. We w^ould go to the poor man and say.
Because you cannot pay your dues, because you haven't
anything to pay your dues, Ave will help you to
bear your burden. That is the Christian love. That is
the practical principle that lies in this beautiful epistle
tonight. Yes, let us bear one another's burdens.
There are burdens that others should not bear. We
have a great many people in the present day who seem to
think that the world OAves them a liAdng. They walk
around in this Avorld as if to say, o difference w^hether
I work or not, I must have my bread and clothing; if ]
cannot get them honestly I Avill steal; the Avorld owes
me a living. The AAorld does not owe any man a living.
There is only one promise for a living, and that is by the
sweating of the face. ''In the sweat of thy face shalt
thou eat bread." If the world oaa^cs one man a living
without work, it OAves it to CA^^ery man, and if every man
were to quit AA^ork today, it would not take one year
until the world Avould be starving. The very principle
of living depends upon not only labor, but hard labor.
Consequently^ there are burdens that others should not
bear. It is not your duty nor mA^ duty to bear the burden
of a lazy, strong man. The first thing that ought to be
required, therefore, of every citizen, whether man or
woman, is that he or she be willing to and shall labor
to earn their daily bread. If there is a heavy weight to
carrv, and two of us were ordered to carry it, if I fail to
carry my part I am shifting the burden on the other
man, but if I bear my part I am bearing his burden,
because it is the very burden that he would have to carry
if I did not. So you see, after all, there is no contradic-
tion between these two verses. If you bear your own
burden you are bearing a burden that somebody else will
have to bear if you do not. Consequently by bearing
your own burden, you are bearing the burden of your
And why is it that there are so many people bur-
dened today? Because there are so many that are not
bearing any burden. One man in the family has to earn
the bread for all that eat at the table; he has to buy the
clothing for all that wear them. There are too mam^
people in the present day that are earning nothing, like
parasites, hanging on to those who are willing to toil,
and the consequence is that those that are burdened are
burdened too much and others are not bearing any bur-
den whatever. Let us learn the practical lesson this very
evening that the true Christian must always try to bear
his burden.
IV. The fourth practical lesson is this: Let us
fully appreciate the teachers of God's Wo7^d. "Let him
that is taught in the Word communicate unto him that
teacheth in all good things.'' We understand in the be-
ginning of the ministry the apostles and their successors
were not offered large salaries. They went and preached
the Word of God wherever it was to be preached, and
depended wholly and solely upon the good hearts and
good will of the people who heard the Word, to support
them. And now and then we hear men say in the pres-
ent day that the old preachers had it so much harder
than now. They tell us of men that used to preach three
or four places and only got two hundred dollars a year.
I know that is true. I know some men who preached
two or three places for two hundred dollars a year, 25
or 30 years ago, who laid up |150.00 out of those |200 ;
and I know furthermore there are men in these days
getting nearly two thousand dollars that cannot lay up
a cent. Let us not imagine that salary is always to be
judged entirely by the amount of dollars. What does it
cost a man? That is the question. Do you know that
your own pastor does not lay up as much money as the
girl that works for him? Do jou realize that? One
thing, however, has ahvays been God's rule, and it is to-
day yet, and that is that he who teaches the Word of
God is to live of that Word. The apostle tells us in
another place that we should not muzzle the ox that
treads out the corn, and gives proof of the fact that he
that teaches the Gospel should live of the Gospel. The
ox that treads out the corn is never muzzled. Young
people may not understand this. In olden times they
had no threshing machines as they have today. They
would throw the grain down on the floor, take the oxen
and lead them in a circle, tramping out the grain; but
they were never so mean as to make an ox walk in that
ring all day, and tie his mouth shut and never let him
eat a bite. When he treads out the corn he has a right
to eat. So the apostle saj^s every man is worthy of his
hire; he says that the laborer should receive a living,
and no difference what his calling, should have his daily
bread. There is a practical lesson in that for every con-
gregation, and that is when you have any man, no dif-
ference who he is, wlio is giving you the Word of life, it
becomes your duty to see to it he is not in want, that
he may constantly give his whole attention to the salva-
tion of souls, and set an example worthy of following,
giving and giving liberally, and showing the right spirit
to those that follow. What right have I to ask you to
be liberal and to be good and kind to the poor, if I am
never able to be good and kind to them? The very first
duty a man of God has is to show an example to people
in every line, and I am always asking God that he may
ever give me the right spirit to show you your duty to
your fellowmen. The Apostle Paul lays down those prin-
ciples. "Let him that is taught in the law communicate
unto him that teacheth in all good things." You owe it
to your pastor — I am not speaking of myself — no dif-
ference who he is, that brings you the Word of Life —
you owe him his living, just the same as you owe a man
his money when he rolls stone or hauls lumber for you,
when his day's work is done.
And this is not only true in regard to pastors; it is
true in regard to laymen. I am satisfied you children
never can do too much for your parents Avho taught you
the Word of God. If you have parents who never teach
you the Word of God at home, they are not doing their
duty. Train up a child in the w^ay he shall go, and when
he is old he will not depart from it.
We owe a great debt to our Sunday school teachers
who stand before us week after week and bring us the
bread of life, and try to show us the better way to live,
and how to die, and where to spend eternity. You never
can get done doing good and saying good things about
them and helping them along in this life. Are we always
as kind as we ought to be to those who have instructed
us in the W^ord of God?
How many people are not remembering their former
pastors as they ought? I would love to see every man in
this church alwaj^s speak highly of those that have gone
before. When you stop to think that out of all the pas-
tors that have preached in this First Lutheran church,
only two are living, do you realize what they have done
for you? Do you realize what the first great missionary
who carried the Word of God to Eichland county, Ohio
— Brother Euth — did for ^'^ou? Are you remembering
the good that Dr. Fiery did here? Are you remember-
ing the good that Dr. Wiles did here? When speaking
of him are you only finding fault, or are you remember-
ing how many, many souls he has led to heaven; and
how good and kind he was to you in times of need? And
when your present pastor's work is done, will you re-
member he tried hard to lead you heavenward? Will you
try to remember what he did for your children? Will
you remember the good your superintendent is trying
to do for you and your children? Will you remember
your teachers, who meet weekly on Tuesday evenings,
while you are spending your time in other places, pre-
paring to bring the bread of life to 3^ou? These are prac-
tical principles that lie in this great lesson tonight.
V. Another : Let us encpect to reap exactly what toe
soiv. ^'Be no deceived: God is not mocked; for whatso-
ever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that
soAveth to the 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 Avell doing; for
in due season we shall reap if we faint not." What a
beautiful text for a sermon I I wish I had an hour in-
stead of a few minutes for these few verses. "Be not
deceived; God is not mocked.''
How many people there are who seem to think it is
so nice to be funny, as we sometimes say, and in order
til at people may laugh at what we say, we will make fun
of religion and things religious. Have you ever iioticed
that whenever Satan wants to make things real funny he
tries to say something that will approach the sacred?
Things never are so laughable as when the}^ touch upon
the Word of God, or the minister, or God Himself. Any
story without the sacred in it is not ridiculous, but the
moment you can associate the thing ungodly with things
good and holy, then Satan makes us all think it is very
funny and laughable. Some time ago I read a story of
a weaver in Europe who one Saturday afternoon had
almost completed the piece of cloth he was making. He
said to his wife, "In one hour from now I will have
finished this cloth.'' His wife was a good Christian
woman, and she said, "If it is the Lord's will." "Oh,"
said the weaver, "I am going to finish it whether it is
the Lord's will or not," and he gave the shuttle a swing;
it went too far; he failed to catch it, and, reaching after
it in his anger, he caught his foot and broke it, and lay
there for six weeks; he did not finish the garment. "Be
not deceived; God is not mocked."
Again, I read of a man in one of our European
cities noted for sitting around in hotels, making fun of
things good and holy. A member of the Christian church,
his pastor, after having served for twenty years in that
church, had decided at last to go to another city to
preach. One evening this man said to his wife, "ext
Sunday you need not bring me an ordinary handkerchief ;
3^ou can bring me a sheet; I am going to cry when our
pastor leaves." He thought it was funny to bring the
sheet. His wife was a good Christian woman, and she
said : "It is a very solemn matter to me that my pastor
is going away after having served us for twenty years;
I would advise you not to mock, but if you want the
sheet, I will get it." He said, "Get it; I want it." And
she got it for him. Then on Wednesday he took sick;
Thursday evening he died; Friday he was wrapped in
the same sheet he wanted to cry in on Sunday, and the
pastor while preaching the funeral sermon, wept over the
dead man that died mocking God. "Be not deceived;
God is not mocked."
At a banquet a few years ago in ew York City, one
man suggested the idea of celebrating the Lord's Supper
in a jocular manner, and took up the wine and said,
"Here I am drinking the Lord's blood." He fell back
dead ; and there was no question in the minds of his skep-
tical friends that God would not be mocked.
We know this with regard to earthly matters. There
isn't one of us tonight that does not know when we sow
flower seed we expect flowers; when we sow wheat we
expect wheat ; when we plant corn we expect corn ; when
we sow grass we expect grass ; and yet there are so many
people in the present day that seem to think they can
just sow a life of sin to the flesh, and reap heaven. It
cannot be done. Whatsoever a man soweth, that will he
reap — the same kind, and a larger quantity.
Yes, the same kind. "For he that soweth to the
flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption." We heard in
last Sunday's lesson what it means to sow to the flesh.
A man that sows his unbridled lust is bound to reap
hell ; a man that sows in anger and sows to the flesh can
never reap things that are spiritual. The question to-
night is, What are we sowing? What are we sowing?
There is a wonderful difference between the flesh and
the Spirit. When we have a fleshly desire, oh, how we
desire that! And the more we think over it, the more
we desire it, and then, when that desire is fulfilled we
are disgusted with ourselves — thoroughly disgusted. ot
so with spiritual matters. Spiritual matters are the
things we don't want; we are trying to keep away from
them just as long as we can, and then we get them by
degrees, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, and when we find
them, the joy grows greater and greater. Just the oppo-
site. Lust begins with joy and the desire to be gratified,
and becomes thoroughly disgusted with itself, goes to de-
struction and hell; but the spiritual desire begins with,
"I don't want to;" and then, "I will;" and then, ^'I have
joy," and "Oh, heaven is my home!" Just the opposite.
Whatsoever a man soweth that will he reap. If you sow
to the flesh you will reap corruption; if you sow to the
Spirit you Avill reap everlasting life.
ot only will you reap what you sow, but I would
call your attention to the fact that you will reap more
than you sow. You never find a farmer so ignorant as
to sow a bushel and a half of wheat to the acre with the
expectation of reaping only a bushel and a half the next
year. o. When he sows a bushel and a half he is dis-
satisfied if he does not get twenty to thirty bushels.
When a man buys his seed corn he does not buy it with
the purpose of raising just as much as he planted, but
buys a little seed that he may raise a lot of it. We all
understand that solving means a larger harvest. When
a man sows to corruption, what a harvest that will be!
W^hen a man sows to sin. Oh, what a harvest that will
be ! When we stop to think that the sowing time is much
shorter than the reaping time; when we stop to think
that the sowing of one week will bring a harvest that will
feed us a year ; Oh, what a harvest that will be when men
have sown twenty years, thirty years, fifty years, seventy-
five years, all to corruption! What a great harvest that
will be of the flesh on that great Judgment day. We are
not only sowing but we are sowing for a greater harvest,
and we T\all get exactly what we are sowing. And so I
would ask you tonight again. What are you sowing?
And let us remember that the harvest is surely com-
ing. "And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due
season we shall reap if we faint not.'' John Arndt says :
"It would be a foolish farmer who would sow and imme-
diately expect a harvest. Thus many a one may say, I
have prayed so long and so often and do not see any
answer to my prayers. Thou fool! canst thou not wait
until the harvest is ripe?"
VI. My last thought I Avould leave you this evening-
is this: Let us make use of every opportunity to do good.
"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto
all men, especially unto them who are of the household of
Let us do good unto all men. We are to love human-
ity ; we are to love the black and the white-; we are to love
our neighbors and those that live at the antipodes; we
are to love all human beings no difference where they are
found. Oh, how little true Christianity there is in the
world today. How many people there are that would
never help any one unless he belongs to his little circle
or clique, or church. We never will live as God wants
us to live, until we are ready to say, Here is a human
being that needs help, and God help me to bring that
help. And let us not simply help when there is great
need. We never will be thoroughly happy until we have
our eyes constantly open to watch for opportunities to do
some kind act somewhere, every moment. Some people
seem to be perfectly satisfied if they can go to bed at
night thinking, This morning at 9 o'clock I did some
kind act. What did you do at two o'clock? At ^y^*^
Why should a man so limit his life that he is only look-
ing for one moment a day to do some kind act? Why
should we let a day pass by and do notliing? I maintain
there is not a day of a man's life that he cannot do some-
thing to make somebody happy; and I maintain that
there isn't an hour in a man's life that he cannot do and
say something to do some good somewhere. I think our
first desire should be constantly to watch for an oppor-
tunity to make tlie world better by our being in it.
Another practical observation right in harmony with
this statement is this: W^e should be especially careful
to help those of our own members, those of our own faith,
those of our own church. "Especially unto them who are
of the household of faith." I think the Apostle Paul had
here in mind first of all the true Christians. Help them.
If that was true in PauPs day it is just as true today.
We should give special help to members of our own
church. I wonder whether we keep that in mind as much
as we should? If we have carpenter work to do, why
don't we give that work to our carpenters? When we
want to spread the truth as we believe we should, we
expect our carpenters to help. When we want to do some
good work in the church, we expect our farmers to help;
we expect our retail men to help, no difference what
their business may be. Why should we not, as Christian
people, patronize those very ones whom we expect to help
and whom we expect to help us? I fear we are overlook-
ing that Christian principle too much. We some times
pass right by our own people and go to those who are not
one with us as far as faith is concerned; we never expect
their aid in a financial way, and yet at the same time we
overlook our own people who are expected to help us.
One of the very first principles of Christianity is this:
See to your own home; see to your own people; but do
not stop there; go on out and do good as you have oppor-
tunity, to all mankind.
May the Lord bless these words tonight and help us
all to put into practice the things we hear. If there is
any one thing I would wish for it is this, 'that we might
not come to these Sunday evening services simply as a
matter of custom, simply as a place to go, and sit down
and listen and talk, and go home again. Let us by all
means make up our minds that we want to hear God's
Word to get bread for our souls; something that we may
live by tomorrow and all the rest of our lives. And until
you have your mind fully made up : I want to learn
the truth that I may live it, it seems to me it is a waste
of time for you to hear the truth. The very object in hear-
ing it ought to be that you may take it home to your soul
and live it before the whole world. May God bless these
practical principles to our eternal good is my prayer.

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