Sermons Preached in Rugby School Chapel; In 1858, 1859, 1860

Sermons Preached in Rugby School Chapel; In 1858, 1859, 1860

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...that ye may be healed." Prayer is a means by which every one can help his neighbour, and prayer is not the only means, but only one amongst many. Our friends can give us sympathy; can sometimes give us advice; can always give us encouragement; very often a friend's experience will help out ours, and make us see more clearly than we could do alone what we ought to do. But the chief benefit of being ready to confess faults which our conscience urges us to confess is, that we clear our own minds and strengthen our own wills. It makes a wonderful difference in your power of avoiding a fault, and it makes a wonderful difference in the mischief which a fault can do to you, if you will only have the courago to tell it to some one who cares for you. In the first place a concealed fault has a most extraordinary power of infecting the whole character. It spreads its mischief far beyond itself. You do not pray so calmly or so simply, because this secret sin seems to mock your prayers. You do not go about your ordinary duties with any heart, because even if done, and well done, you feel as if they would be all spoilt by this one secret fall. You can have no enjoyment in religion, because your conscience mingles reproaches with all that you do. The fault may not really be half so bad as you fancy it. Yet because it is secret. it will take away all the springs of your desire to do right, and will rob your heart of its chief attraction towards God. The sin, while it is concealed, seems to enter into all that you think or do. It seems to be a part of yourself. You cannot say, "It is not I that did it, but sin that dwelleth in me." No, the fact of your concealing it seems to make it peculiarly your own. It is not your fault merely; it is...
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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236891570
  • 9781236891570