Thus did Job continually."
Amid the cheerfulness of household gatherings it is easy to slide into sinful levities, and to forget our avowed character as Christians.
It ought not to be so, but so it is, that our days of feasting are very seldom days of sanctified enjoyment, but too frequently degenerate into unhallowed mirth.
There is a way of joy as pure and sanctifying as though one bathed in the rivers of Eden: holy gratitude should be quite as purifying an element as grief.
Alas! for our poor hearts, that facts prove that the house of mourning is better than the house of feasting.
Come, believer, in what have you sinned to-day? Have you been forgetful of your high calling?
Have you been even as others in idle words and loose speeches?
Then confess the sin, and fly to the sacrifice.
The sacrifice sanctifies.
The precious blood of the Lamb slain removes the guilt, and purges away the defilement of our sins of ignorance and carelessness.
This is the best ending of a Christmas-day—to wash anew in the cleansing fountain.
Believer, come to this sacrifice continually; if it be so good to-night, it is good every night.
To live at the altar is the privilege of the royal priesthood; to them sin, great as it is, is nevertheless no cause for despair, since they draw near yet again to the sin-atoning victim, and their conscience is purged from dead works.
Gladly I close this festive day, Grasping the altar's hallow'd horn; My slips and faults are washed away, The Lamb has all my trespass borne.
Marvelous God Almighty, I come to you in the precious name of Jesus, who died for me to make me free of sin, I want Jesus to enter in to my heart and make me free. I confess that He is the son of God.
I ask to change my heart and to give me wisdom to understand your Holy Word full of promises of eternal value, not only to live on this earth, but to be expectant of my life in heaven.
In the precious name of Jesus I ask.
not in its fashion and manner, but in the truth which it contains.