Charles Haddon slrfc.org August 31, 1873 Scripture: Ezekiel 36:26 From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 19


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The Heart of Flesh

“I will certainly take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will offer you an heart of flesh.” — Ezekiel xxxvi. 20.

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IT is a strange feature in our holy religious beliefs that it begins its job-related within, and also acts initially upon the heart. Other religions, like that of the Pharisees, begin through outside develops and ceremonies, probably hoping to job-related inwardly from without, although the procedure never before ends so, for the external of the cup and also of the plast is made clean, yet the inside still, continues to be complete of rottenness as prior to. No truth is even more certain than this concerning all the sons of men, “Ye need to be born again;” there should be a whole and also radical readjust of man’s nature, or else wright here God is he can never before come: the gospel does not flinch from this, yet enforces the declaration. The Holy Spirit does not attempt to improve huguy nature into somepoint much better, however lays the axe at the root of the trees, and declares that we have to become new creatures, and also that by a superherbal occupational of the omnipotent God. Scripture does not mince matters, or say that some men may be much better than others naturally, and by an advancement of their excellencies may at last end up being good enough for God; much from it, it declares concerning ail, “Except ye be converted, and also end up being as bit kids, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.” True religious beliefs starts, then, via the heart, and also the heart is the judgment power of manhood. You might enlighten a man’s expertise and you have done much, yet as long as his heart is wrong, the enlightenment of the knowledge just enables him to sin via a better weight of duty relaxing upon him. He knows excellent to be great, however he prefers the evil; he sees the light, however he loves the darkness, and turns from the reality because his heart is alienated from God. If the heart be renewed, the judgment will certainly ere lengthy follow in the exact same track; however as lengthy as the heart is wrong the affections govern the will and also bias the character of the guy in the direction of evil. If a guy loves evil he is evil; if he hates God he is God’s opponent, whatever before his exterior professions, whatever his knowledge, whatever before his noticeable great attributes. “As a guy thinketh in his heart so is he.” The heart is more practically the guy than any kind of other of the faculties and powers which God has bestowed upon our nature. What if I say that the heart is the Eve in the little bit garden of our nature, and also she it is that first plucks the evil fruit, and though the expertise follows the affections, even as Adam complied with Eve, yet the initially power for good or evil lies in the affections. The heart, as soon as renewed by grace, is the ideal part of manhood ; unrenewed, it is the incredibly worst. Æsop, as soon as his grasp ordered him to carry out nopoint for a feastern but the ideal things in the sector, lugged him nopoint however tongues, and as soon as the following day he ordered him to buy nothing yet the worst things in the sector, still carried nothing but tongues; and also I would venture to correct or spiritualise the story, by extransforming hearts for tongues, for tright here is nothing much better in the people than hearts renewed, and nopoint worse than hearts unregeneprice.

It is a great covenant promise that the heart shall be renewed, and also the specific form of its rejuvenation is this, that it shall be made living, warm, sensitive, and also tender. It is normally a heart of stone: it is to become, by a work of magnificent grace, a heart of flesh. Hence, exceptionally much of the outcome of regeneration and also convariation will certainly be uncovered to lie in the manufacturing of a tender spirit. Tenderness, the oppowebsite of that which is stout, obstinate, cold, hard, tenderness is just one of the many gracious indications in a man’s character, and also wright here God has actually offered fleshiness, or living sensitiveness, rather of stoniness, or dead insensibility of heart, tright here we might conclude that tbelow is a genuine job-related of grace, and also that God has actually produced important godliness within. Worrying this tenderness I am around to speak,— “I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”

I. Our initially remark is that THE TENDERNESS HERE INTENDED IS ABSENT IN THE UNREGENERATE. They commonly have a organic sensitiveness; some persons that are not converted are exceptionally tender indeed, as mothers to their youngsters, as fathers to their offspring, as friends to friends; and God forbid that we need to say anypoint amiss concerning that which is excellent in human nature after its kind, however that is extensively various from the spiritually tender heart. Some tright here are who have actually a tenderness which arises from timidity, a tenderness which sometimes inclines them to excellent, not because they love the excellent, yet bereason they are easily ruled by their company; so that they would be simply as quickly led towards evil if they dropped in with bad counsellors. They have actually no principle, no root in themselves; such a tenderness Rehoboam had, that was tender, and therefore complied with evil advisers to his very own injury. Such an unmanly softness as this is to be striven versus, for we have to have some grit in our constitution, some firmness and resolution, and also that type of plicapability which unman’s a male, and also provides him a puppet for others to take care of, is a good evil.

Tright here is likewise a tenderness which arises largely from legal terror and fear, which is incredibly different from the evangelical or saving softness of heart which is defined in our text. Some likewise I recognize who exhilittle bit a sort of counterfeit tenderness. When they hear a sermon they are excited by it; and also if it be around the civilization to come, the lifting up of the curtain of the future, they are impacted for the moment being; however then their goodness soon decomponents from them; they forobtain the following moment that which impacted them a moment back; they are soon warm and soon cold, they are incontinuous as the wind. That is a kind of tenderness likewise not to be wanted,— goodness which is as the morning cloud, and also the at an early stage dew, which pass away.

In all unregeneprice guys tright here is a lack of the actual spiroutine tenderness of which I have to stop, though all are not equally hardened. In all, for circumstances, tbelow is a herbal stoniness of heart. We are not born into this world perfect, so that as soon as sin meets us it receives a kindly reception, and also is not dreaded and shunned as it must be. Those who notification youngsters in their initially acts will not have uncovered any kind of strong avariation in them to children’s sins, or horror at the sight of them. How at an early stage docs the little bit boy give means to unrestrained passion, uncover practise little bit acts of deceit. As the prophet said, “We go astray from the womb, speaking lies.” Our children’s poet was correct when he said —

“True, you are young, however there’s a stoneWithin the youngest breast,Or half the sins which you have doneWould rob you of your rest.”

The heart by nature is choose the nether millrock, and also its hardness is enhanced by call with the civilization. A youth fresh from a godly family members is not one-fifty percent so tough as he who has actually been for some time in the middle of ungodly firm, and has checked out the means of the debauched and the profane. Custom has actually a good power over us, and also what we see others perform via impunity we by-and-by come to think (unless the grace of God prevents) cannot be fairly so negative as our parents and also guardians taught us that it was. Familiarity with sin doth not breed contempt for it, however frequently causes a measure of contempt for the legislation which forbids it. We see the sparkling eye of the drunkard, we hear his hilarious shout, and imagine that tbelow is pleasure in the bowl; or we hear guys sheight of the delights of their transgressions and also the sweets of lust, and also unless we are hosted ago by Providence and also grace, we are apt to think lightly of those things which when we related to through abhorrence. This world is a petrifying spring, and all that are of the world are being petrified in its stream, and also so are prospering harder and also harder as the years roll on.

In addition, males harden themselves by their own sins. Eextremely time a male sins it becomes even more straightforward for him to sin aget. Like a rock falling, sin gains incentive and raised velocity. The guy that sins when has actually a stronger tendency to sin aget, and also tbelow are some sins which virtually necessitate a sequence of sins. The guy that lies, for instance, thinks he have to lie a 2nd time to conceal the first; and some transgressions which root themselves in the flesh breed a hunger and also a thirst for the sin so that the flesh craves to be indulged aobtain, and those who cannot bridle their passions are thus carried ameans by them with great pressure. As labour provides the hand difficult, so sin makes the heart callous, and also each sin renders the stony heart yet even more choose adamant.

At the same time, all the scenarios around an unregeneprice guy will certainly be perverted to the exact same result. If, for circumstances, a man prospers, nopoint is even more hardening to the heart than lengthy prosperity. Find me an ungodly male whose course has actually been one of perpetual gain, and you shall discover me virtually certainly a man that is all set to say unto the Lord, “Who is Jehovah that I need to obey his voice?” Pride is often begotten of fulness of breview. If the male had actually well-known what want is, he could, maybe, have actually been humbled before God; but now he boasteth in his broad acres and also his big chateaus, and also, favor Nebuchadnezzar, he saith, “Behold this excellent Babylon that I have actually builded.” It is additionally a dangerous thing to be for many years in good health and wellness without a sickness. This likewise hardens a guy. The sickness which brings to the borders of the grave is often sanctified to the breaking of the heart, however to be without ache or pain fora lengthy time, is so far from being a blessing from God to the wicked, that I scarcely understand anything which may revolve out to be a greater curse to an ungodly male. Never before chastened! then you are no child; left to find pleasure in sin! then sudepend it must be that God will certainly let you have what pleasure you may in this human being, because he knows a damaging future awaits you. O heart in prosperity, disturb thyself, for thou art in solemn danger. Hardness of heart will virtually inevitably come upon thee. Thou art at ease from thy youth; thou hast not been cleared from vessel to vessel; therefore thy scent remaineth in thee, and that scent is pride and also carnal security.

The oppowebsite problem of situations will, with sin, produce the same result. Affliction hardens those whom it does not soften. Tbelow are men who have actually been in many kind of storms at sea, and, though when they feared, they never before tremble currently. If the mast had actually to be reduced away, and the vessel were about to go dvery own, they would curse and swear in the teeth of the tempest, they have actually grown so desperate. Those that have escaped many kind of mishaps and dire diseases, who have passed unscathed by the warm furnace-mouth of fever before, or have increased from in between the jaws of cholera, are as well regularly men whom nopoint can move. What the fire does not melt, it anneals as steel. Alas, of exactly how many kind of might it be shelp, “Why should ye be stricken any type of more? ye will rebellion more and also even more.” They resemble Ahaz of old, that, the more he was afflicted, the even more he sinned, of whom the Spirit of God has actually composed, “This is that king Ahaz.” This is obduracy indeed, similar to that of Pharaoh, whom the Lord hardened by judgments which need to have actually melted him to repentance.

And alas! alas! that we must need to include it, holy impacts will come in to complete this hardening, and carry it to a still better degree. The gospel has actually a wondertotally hardening power over those who refuse it. The sunlight shines out of the heavens upon wax and sof10s it, however at the exact same time it shines upon clay and hardens it. The sunlight of the gospel shining upon hearers either melts them right into repentance or else hardens them right into higher obstinacy. You cannot be hearers of the gospel without its having actually some effect upon you. A few of you have actually attfinished this area ever given that it was constructed, and also if you are not the better for it you absolutely are the worse. If the gospel be not a savour of life unto life to you it will be a savour of death unto death. Amongst hardened sinners the gospel-hardened sinner is just one of the worst.

Yet, better, when an unregenerate man dares to put on a Christian profession, this is perhaps the many quick and specific procedure for consummating the devil’s work; for if a guy will certainly be audacious enough to sign up with himself with the saints while he is indulging in private sin; if he will certainly proceed to pertained to the communion table once he knows that his basest lusts are still indulged; and if, moreover, he has the confront to boast of being a child of God once he knows that he is an utter stranger to divine grace, why, such a male is the raw product out of which Satan have the right to make a Judas. The adversary himself could not make a Judas till he had discovered a false apostle. You have to look among hypocrucial professors of faith if you would uncover the worst of men; and also I must include, you might succeed finest in your search if you deserve to discover a false-hearted minister. The better the location in God’s garden the even more rank the weeds. The hardest hearted males of all are not those who have been guilty of crimes versus culture, and also have been put amethod into our jails: regularly a tiny kindness will melt these savperiods down, but the worst of all are those demons in human shape who make a profession of being the world of God and also all the while understand that they are sinning via both hands wickedly. To cover a vile life via the coverlet of a Christian profession is a authorize of reprobation.

Take men, but, at any kind of stage, this is still true, that the heart of flesh is not to be uncovered in any unregenerate guy.

II. WHEREVER TRUE TENDERNESS IS FOUND, IT IS A SPECIAL GIFT OF THE NEW COVENANT. A heart of flesh is a boon of soveregime grace, and also it is constantly the result of magnificent power. No heart of stone was ever before turned into flesh by accident, nor by mere providential dispensations, nor by huguy persuasions. You can argue with a rock a lengthy while before you would certainly guide it right into flesh. Neither is such a readjust wrought by a man’s very own actions. How shall a stone, being a stone, create in itself flesh? A power from over the male need to occupational upon him, according to the language of the Scriptures, “Except a male be born from over he cannot watch the kingdom of God.” The Spirit of God have to adjust the nature, or the heart of stone will never before end up being a heart of flesh.

Keep in mind that the first ivories of the Spirit of God upon the spirit tend in the direction of this tenderness, for once he comes to a male he convinces him of sin and so softens him; the male encouraged of sin does not laugh any type of longer at sin, neither does he despise the wrath of God on account of it. When the Spirit of God darts the arrows of conviction right into the soul, then the heart begins to bleed, and the guy is conscious of feelings and eactivities to which he was a stranger heretofore. I trust tright here are some of you who understand also this initially job-related of the Spirit in the heart: he has begun to make you feel the guilt of sin, he has actually compelled you to tremble before an angry God, and also to dread the wrath to come: this at an early stage job-related of grace has actually already made you sensitive as you never before were prior to, and also the further the Spirit s occupational proceeds the more tender will you end up being.

When the heart pertains to be really conserved, and to obtain tranquility through Jesus Christ, one great mark of its salvation is tenderness in heart. Oh, what a location for tenderness the cross is! When for the initially time our eye beholds the Saviour, we weep; we look and also live, but we also look and also mourn that we pierced the Lord. Who can beorganize a bleeding Saviour experiencing for his sin without being melted down. No heart of stone have the right to bear call through the cross. Let but Jesus dart a look of love, and we are liquified, as as soon as Peter’s heart was melted and also made to flow out in penitential tears. Only let us hear the accents of our Redeemer’s voice, and we shall cry, “My heart melted while he spake to me.” The reality that he loved us and offered himself for us is enough to disresolve a heart of iron, if it can once recognize it.

Now as these initially works of the Spirit of God, in conviction and also convariation bring about tenderness, so is it true of all the divine operations which follow in due course. The whole tenor of the gospel is towards tenderness. I cannot recollect a promise, I cannot respeak to a doctrine, I cannot remember a fact associated through the gospel, which could make a believer before hard-hearted. Can you? I think, if you will certainly rotate over all that you understand, and all that God has actually revealed concerning salvation, you will uncover nopoint to make you stubborn and also wilful, yet everything to make you tender and also sensitive. Oh, to think that salvation have to be of the sovepower grace of God! How it humbles us; exactly how it lays us in the dust. No more talking about man’s civil liberties as a creature, man’s claims, and what God should do; we are damaged down, and also feel that the Lord may perform specifically what he wills; and also for this reason we are made tender prior to his face. Oh, to recognize that tbelow is no pardon other than by confidence in a Substitute; to understand that God need to and will punish sin: how it renders us feel that sin is no trifle; exactly how it leads us to abhor sin as an excellent evil, and also so makes us jealous lest we must offfinish again. When we check out that all our help was lhelp on Jesus Christ, exactly how it cuts amethod by the roots all our self-confidence and makes us lie low at the foot of the throne. I can go with all the truths and doctrines and guarantees, if we had actually time, and I think I might prove to a demonstration that their legitimate impact is to render the heart tender, wherever before they operate.

So is it via eincredibly Christian grace. All the Christian virtues promote warmth and tenderness of heart. Have you zeal for God? I understand you will be fearful of sinning, you will hate the very garment spotted by the flesh. Have you patience under the divine rod? That patience is only softness of heart in one of its sweetest forms. Have you a lot love? Then I am certain you have actually much tenderness, for in proportion as the heart is stony it is destitute of affection. Eextremely among the magnificent circle of graces has an intimate link via the heart of flesh; and this thing I also venture to say, that the even more tender a guy is the more advanced in grace he is: and also that the more callous and also unconcerned he is the further is he from what he have to be. Let the unfeeling professor recognize and also rest assured that if he be a boy of God at all, he is certainly in a weak and backsliding state, or his insensibility would be an excellent burden and also grief to him. Eextremely grace leans towards tenderness, and also the totality existing of the divine life sets that means. You cannot be strong in piety unless you are tender in heart. Are you a child? Can a child be excellent if it be invarious, haughty, obstinate, and stony-hearted towards its parents? Are you a servant? Who is a good servant but he that is tender of his master’s reputation, and anxious to fulfil his lord’s command? Are you a soldier? Wbelow is tright here an excellent soldier that is not jealous of his captain’s honour, and also mindful lest by any indicates he should break the martial law? Tbelow have to be tenderness. It is a vital point. Unmuch less it is melted down the tough metal cannot be poured right into the mould and also fashioned for use and also beauty. The Lord Jesus will certainly never before set his seal upon cold wax, he stamps his image on hearts of flesh and not on stones. A tender conscience is an essential ingredient in the perfect Christian character, and wbelow it is not neither is the life and also work of God tright here.

III. Let us dwell upon one more allude, that THIS TENDERNESS, WHEN IT IS GIVEN, IS OBSERVABLE UNDER SEVERAL ASPECTS. The male that has a heart of flesh offered him becomes sensitive to are afraid. He trembles at the thought of a holy God in arms versus him. He no much longer cavils about hell and also eternity, as so many kind of execute, however he saith, “My heart standeth in awe of thee, and I am afrhelp of thy judgments.” He no much longer argues that the Lord is as well serious, yet he owns that he is just when he judges, and clear once he condemns. The renewed heart is afrhelp of what other males call little bit sins, and flees from them as from a serpent. The regeneprice man knows that there is fatality in eincredibly drop of sin’s wine, and he will not undertaking to sip thereof, nor taste a mouthful of sin’s most imperial dainties. He fears the Lord, and dreads to offfinish, bereason he is made alive, so regarding recognize the Lord’s holiness and also perceive his justice. The stony heart neither knows nor fears, and also therefore abideth in fatality. I have little bit are afraid for a soul that fears, yet I tremble for those who never tremble. I have actually occasionally wimelted that particular very assured Christians, as they think themselves, who are I fear in exceptionally truth presumptuous pretenders, I wish they might and would have actually a dash of are afraid around them. Fear of the kind we now intend is a holy salt to a man’s character. Fear and also trembling well end up being even the most eminent saint. “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of his saints.” “Serve the Lord through are afraid, and also rejoice with trembling.” “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Though I greatly deplore all doubts of God’s truthfulness, I execute not equally deprecate doubts concerning our own condition, for tbelow is such a point as holy stress, and I charge you never to think little of it, but remember the poet’s lines—

“He that never before doubted of his state,he might, probably, he may, also late.”

Self-examination will often imply holy fear and also deep searching of heart, and also it will expose so a lot of sin in us that we shall be sent to our knees, via weeping and also supplication, to cry out for assist and pardon. To live without are afraid is to live in sin, for one note of a believer is that lie has actually the fear of God before his eyes. In this feeling, “blessed is the guy that feareth always.”

Aacquire, a tender heart becomes sensitive regarding the decisions of its enlightened conscientific research. The heart adjusted by grace starts to weigh its very own actions towards God, and it pertains to the conclusion, “I have acted unjustly towards my Creator and Benefactor: he has been all goodness to me, I have got at his hands numerous benefits, and also yet I have actually ungratetotally forgotten him; when I have heard of him I have treated him slightingly; I have actually lived for myself however not for my good and gracious Creator.” The quickened conscience holds a day-to-day court, and its sentences are heard and also respected by the heart of flesh. In the ungodly guy tbelow is a conscientific research, but it is asleep and also wants a cannon fired at its ear to wake it up; so that the stony heart is never troubled thereby. Let our prayer be—

“Fast as the apple of an eye,O God, my conscientific research make;Awake my soul once sin is nigh,And keep it still awake.”

The Christian feels that it is a horrible thing to sin against God, against the Saviour’s love, and versus the influence of the indwelling Spirit, and also he starts back from sin, not just he is afrassist of the punishment however bereason he is wounded by the sin itself. As smoke to the eyes, as thorns to the flesh, and also as gall to the palate, such is sin to the heart of flesh.

Then, again, the brand-new heart, the fleshy heart, becomes sensitive of the magnificent love. Is it not among the a lot of wonderful points in the human being that the story of Calvary does not flood via tears every eye that reads it? Was tbelow ever such poignant, affecting love as that displayed by the Son of God in the direction of his opponents, as soon as he left the dignities of heaven for the shame and also suffering of earth? Silly stories of love-sick maids, or the improbable pmany three-volume romances, will lug showers of tears from those who peruse them, while this grand narrative, this wondrous tragedy of love, is as a thrice-told tale, and also the book which has it is frequently put upon the shelf as far as well dry for reading. Though it involves us all, and we are shed without it, and also with it are lifted up to be close to akin to God, yet is this dying love of Christ disconcerned. How deserve to it be otherwise while the heart is made of stone? When his heart is turned to flesh, then the love of God affects the male, humbles him, melts him, woos him, wins him, captivates him, enchants him, enamours him, inflames him with ardent thankfulness, and draws him up towards heaven.

Divine love begets in the renewed male a sensitiveness to gratitude. “Has Jesus done all this for me? Then, what have the right to I do for him? Has he bought me via his blood? Then I am his, and also not my very own, or the world's. What can I perform for him that passed away to save my grateful soul?” The renewed heart feels that the love of Christ constraineth it, and also it judgeth “that if Christ died for all, then were all dead, and also that he died for all, that they which live have to not live henceforth to themselves, but unto him that died for them and rose aget.”

In addition, the heart becomes sensitive henceforth to holy grief. When it has erred, it chas10s and humbles itself for having grieved the Saviour: it takes revenge upon itself if sin has actually been indulged.

Withal it becomes sensitive to jog, and oh the joy which a Christian feels, to which the ungodly guy need to for ever be a stranger. The renewed heart sings at the sound of the Saviour’s footloss, and once his love is burned abroad no priceless ointment deserve to be fifty percent so sweet to it. Oh, the exhilarations and also delights we have actually recognized once we see clearly our acceptance in the Beloved! Oh, the feastings and the banquetings as soon as we have actually fellowship through the Crucified One! Oh, the ravishments and ecstasies once we look with the opened up gateways of pearl and also beorganize our eternal inheritance, the crowns of gold, and the palms of victory. By rejuvenation we are made qualified of an unrecognized fulness of joy, eextremely power and faculty is so hastened regarding have the ability to quiver via delight. Heaven itself appears to flash along eextremely nerve as soon as the heart is steeped in fellowship with Jesus.

And so we come to be sensitive with pity for others. I would provide nothing for your religion if you execute not desire others to share in it; if you can, without emovement, think of a soul being damned, I are afraid that it will be your very own lot. If you can look upon the ignorant, and the perverse, and also the rebellious, and also think of their damage with complacency, you are no boy of God. Your Saviour that is the firstborn of the magnificent household, wept over Jerusalem. Have you no tears? Then you are not a member of the family members of which he is the head.

“Did Christ o’er sinners weep,And deserve to our cheeks be dry?Let drops of sympathetic griefDistil from eexceptionally eye.”

A heart of stone claims, “Let them go wright here they will: am I my brother’s keeper?” yet a heart of flesh claims, “Lord, help me by any kind of means to save some; it shall be a delight to me to turn sinners from the error of their ways.”

Wright here this tenderness of heart is carried to a high point, as it need to be in eexceptionally Christian, the believer becomes delicately sensitive concerning the points of God. I have actually checked out an instrument for weighing of so exceedingly fragile a nature that it has been affected by a pwrite-up of dust, quite imperceptible by the naked eye. An invisible atom has actually turned the range. We have actually various kinds of weighing machines; some are so rough that they would certainly hardly yield to the press of an ounce, yet others quiver if the smallest particle falls upon them, the believer’s heart should be prefer this last. A Christian’s heart need to resemble the sensitive plant, which the moment it is touched folds up its leaves, as a sailor reefs his canvas; or like a wound in a man’s flesh, which is pained by the faintest brush. Spiroutine sensitiveness is fulness of life; insensibility is fatality. To feel the slightest motion of the Divine Spirit is a authorize of high spirituality. I would not wish to be in my heart favor the Great Eastern upon the sea, needing an Atlantic roller to stir it; I would quite desire to be as the angler’s float, which mounts or sinks by the pressure of the leastern ripple. Spirit of the Lord, for this reason act upon my willing heart. I desire to be so sentient of the Spirit of God that I might be prefer the aspen leaf, which trembles also once the breeze is not perceptible to others. We must watch to perform God’s will certainly, and also not require his whip and also bridle to pressure us to obedience. Yet I have known professors who have actually plainly checked out a certain duty to be taught in the Bible, however they have actually said, “Well, we think it is scriptural, however we desire to have actually it brought to us by a deep impression on our mind, and also our means pointed out by providential scenarios.” This is a disobedient soul, and also ought to fulfill via grave censure. The Lord’s word is our guide, not our impressions or our circumstances; and to the renewed heart it need to be sufficient to know the Lord’s will, and our obedience have to be prompt. On the various other hand also, if anything be forbidden in the word, or be plainly wrong, nothing can justify our continuance in it; we are bound at once to forsake it. The good want of this age is sensitiveness around revealed reality and also the magnificent will. We have actually a church in our land in which tbelow are three unique classes of guys, that all declare that they think the totality of the Book of Typical Prayer, and it is clearly difficult that they have to do so, given that these parties have actually no points of agreement with one an additional, and wage incessant war with each other. Yet they each one obtain it all ex amino; all of it, once no male living, nor angel, nor devil could think it all, the book itself being self-contradictory. This, however, is of little consequence to supple consciences, trained to play through language. Some ministers of this church understand their place to be a doubtful one, and also yet retain it on the plea that their usefulness can be impaired if they left the church: is this thinking fit for Christians? Are we to seek a supposititious usefulness by continuing where our conscientific researches are ill at ease? Surely not. Our dominion of conduct is the magnificent will, and also that only. Oh, I lengthy to view a race of men born among us like the old Covenanters, that would certainly die for the leastern word of Jesus, and also would provide their blood for the smallest jewel of his crown. But currently we are to be charitable, and also if any of us soptimal out for God, straightmethod we are hounded dvery own for desire of charity, whereas it is our excellent charity for souls that renders us soptimal out and also run all risks. We have charity for dying males and charity for the age to come. We see deadly error propped up by temporizers, and we cannot be silent. If ministers of the gospel set the example of wrelaxing words and trifling with reality, wright here will this nation’s morals be in the following generation? Brethren, we who preach the gospel need to follow the greatest conceivable traditional of strict truth, for God’s sake, for our office sake, and for the people’s sake. We cannot afford to be lax in our solemn declarations, for we shall need to answer for them to our Lord at the last excellent day. If we are to be teachers of other men we need to ourselves be beyond suspicion, we should be inversatile in truthfulness, and sooner die than be false of belief, or countenance anypoint that savours of dishonesty, or is tainted via equivocation. We shall never before lead God’s troops to victory against error and falsehood if we vacillate ourselves. Oh, for excellent tenderness of heart in the direction of the truth. Even though scrupulosity should begain the revival of a fierce sectarianism, it were infinitely even more to be preferred than the soul-deceiving charity which is the Diana of this age and the destroyer of souls. Translated right into plain English, the current charity of the times just suggests that it matters not one atom what God has said; let us make our own devices, and mutually agree to shelve all the inconvenient parts of revelation. Let us be liberal to our fellow guys out of our Lord’s estate; what matters our Lord’s honour so long as we make points pleasant all round? In the teeth of this the sensitive heart will be faithful, and will certainly bear the censure of all men sooner than incur the displeasure of the Lord. Tenderness towards God we must hare. Oh, for the old Elijah soul of stern determination, tempered via the John spirit of love to those whose errors we condemn. Jehovah need to be King in this land also, and also the idols need to be utterly aboliburned.

IV. I shall close with a few reflections on the very same topic. TENDERNESS OF HEART IS TO BE GREATLY PRIZED AND EARNESTLY CULTIVATED. Some among you may for the first time be distressed on account of sin; I rejoice at it. Several of you are not what you used to be, gay and also light-hearted; you are now thoughtful, and also, with that thoughtfulness, sorrowful. You came below this morning, praying that God would provide you peace, but you have actually not derived it. I pray God to provide you your wish, but might you never before uncover tranquility unless it be the peace of God, tranquility via Jesus Christ. May your resolution be, “I will certainly never before remainder until I remainder in God’s rest, also in his very own dear Son.” Beloved, carry out not attempt to get rid of soul-alarm, and conviction, and sin, other than in God’s means. There are physicians of no value that would certainly heal your wound if you would certainly let them; do not endure them, for they will certainly only film it over and also leave an ulcer beneath which will certainly cost you your soul. Ask the Lord to make your minister faithful to you, allow him to use the lancet, to open the wound, and also cut out the proud flesh; yea, ask the Spirit of God to probe you to the quick sooner than allow you to be flattered right into the conception that you are healed once you are not. Go to the Lord for healing, all other healing is worthmuch less. Say, “Lord, make certain occupational of it in me; save me thyself; save me thoroughly; supply me from trusting in myself or my fellow-guy, and carry me to depend upon thyself and also thy dear Son alone.” Do not go to amusements which will help you to foracquire your true condition; don’t be danced or fiddled, or play-acted, into indistinction. Be anxious that this bruising and also breaking must go on even more that you may be even yet more mindful of the exceeding guilt of sin. You will certainly never before prize the Saviour till you loathe yourself; you will certainly never before love his blood until you have been ashamed of the crimboy of your own sin. Jesus will certainly never be to you a Saviour till you are in your own eyes a poor, lost, damaged sinner. Go to Jesus and put your trust in him, and harden not your heart versus him.

Next, I soptimal to you, O boy of God. Cultivate tenderness of heart even more and also even more. I would say to you that are Christians, do not think anypoint the legitimate outcome of which would certainly be to make you callous in your spiroutine feelings, or lax in your dealings with your fellow guys, or caremuch less via your God. I dread lest any type of of the truths which we profess should pertained to be so hosted in unrighteousness regarding make us feel simple in sin. Whenever I find a brvarious other perfectly content with himself I am afraid of him. I understand he does not watch the sin that God sees in him, or he would fairly bemoan himself than offer means to boasting. I delight to hear males pgetting to up a high standard of holiness, the higher the much better, yet if any kind of man shall say that he has got to it, I blush and also tremble for him. He had need begin again upon the ladder of sanctification, for he has not put his foot on the initially step of it yet, for that is humility. Be incredibly humble, lie incredibly low: be even more and also even more conscious of your organic guilt, and repent daily more earnestly. I protest before you all that I believe the incredibly best area for a male to stand also in is with his arms roughly the cross, saying,

“I the chief of sinners am,But Jesus died for me.”

I am nothing, yet Christ is everything: a mass of loathsomeness in myself, yet neverthemuch less embraced in the Beloved.

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Daily might we are afraid lest we need to fall into a routine faith, without life and also power. We deserve to sing without actual joy or praise; we have the right to pray without any kind of earnestness or fervency; we have the right to read the Scriptures without feeding on its truths; and also we have the right to understand the doctrines of the gospel without proving their impacts upon the heart. Pray against this, yea, pray versus all lifeless religious beliefs. I would have actually my heart important all over, and as sensitive towards God as though it were flayed, and also had actually no earth-hardened skin upon it, that eextremely fact, every promise, every word of God, must make me feel strongly, acutely, and also at as soon as. I beseech you who are believers to strive after this. Remember how tender the Saviour was. Tright here was no rock about his heart. May you be as tender as he was, and also you will then be fashioned right into the likeness for which God is preparing you by his eternal Spirit. Dreview growing tough in your thoughts of sin; dread flourishing cold in your thoughts of Christ; dreview prospering stony in your thoughts of your fellow sinners; however let this promise be pleaded in your prayers prior to God, “I will certainly take ameans the heart of stone out of your flesh, and also I will certainly provide you a heart of flesh.” The Lord fulfil it to you for his truth’s sake, and his name’s sake. Aguys.