Idle Words.

JESUS says, "But I say unto you, That every

idle word that men shall speak, they shall give

 account thereof in the day of judgment." 

Matthew 12:36.

These, dear children, are the words of the 

blessed Saviour when he was here upon the

 earth. He was never known to speak an idle 

word never did he indulge in a spirit of levity; but

 was a man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief.

 He often wept over lost and fallen man, and bore

 our sins. View him in the garden of Gethsemane,

 while he poured forth his soul in agony, until he

 sweat great dropsof blood, and then reflect, this

 suffering was all for us. Yes, dear children, for

 you, that you might have eternal life. Did you 

ever think of this? And realize that if you would

 be his disciple, you must walk even as he 

walked? Christ is our pattern, he left an example

 for us, that we should follow in his steps; and it

 is said of him, he did no sin, neither was guile

 found in his mouth. Who, when he was reviled,

 reviled not again; when he suffered, he 

threatened not; but committed himself to him 

that judges righteously.

Are you ever tempted, when you are insulted to

abused, to retaliate, or even to be angry? O think

of the blessed Saviour extended upon the cross,

 suffering all the malice that an enraged 

multitude would inflict, and hear his prayer 

"Father forgive them for they know not what they

 do." O what pure what boundless ‘love'? Would

 you dwell forever with this lovely Saviour? 

Would you forever   enjoy his smiles, and with

 apostles, prophets and saints of all ages, live 

eternally upon the New Earth where sin and all

 its effects are forever done away?O, then, give

 your hearts to the Saviour, and follow

him in all things. Have your conversation in

 heaven,  and your hearts there. Die daily to the

 world, to sin, and to self, and live alone for the

 glory of God. Jesus says, "I will come again and

 receive you unto myself; that where I am, there

 ye may be also." 

Your sincere friend.

Sarah  SWAN.


Have Christ in their hearts,

Heaven in their eye,

And the world under their feet.

God's Spirit is their guide;

God's fear is their guard;

God's people are their companions

God's promises are

Holiness is their way, and