live a life worthy

(John MacDuff, “The Christian’s Pathway” 1858)  

Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Live a life worthy…

There are many things connected with the Christian’s pathway which worldlings cannot comprehend. ​…

But still, there is much which they are able to understand, such as . . .
whatever is consistent in character,
is honest and straightforward between men,
is kind and compassionate in behavior,
whatever is forbearing and forgiving under insults and injuries.

Such features, when un-ostentatiously exhibited–excite their attention, and, generally, call forth their praise. The manner in which the ordinary duties of life are discharged, is something so tangible. These things they can understand; and it is of the highest importance that all who profess to be Christians, should be distinguished by an exhibition of these practical fruits of righteousness.

Living a life worthy:

Therefore if a small band of Christians were placed in some locality, living the principles of the gospel, what a powerful effect, we may suppose, would their simple presence produce! Let them be connected with those around them–by the ordinary engagements of life; but without using any direct means to promulgate their Christian a lift worthy

Their hearts are filled, not merely with love to God–but with sincere and ardent affection for all by whom they are surrounded. Because selfishness, pride, resentment, censoriousness–would have no place among them. The holy religion they profess, appear in its true character and beneficent tendency. Therefore men would be constrained by the good works which they beheld–to glorify God.

May the Lord strengthen you with all might, according to His glorious power, “that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way–bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God!”

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