When man is a partaker of the divine nature, the love of Christ will be an abiding principle in the soul, and self and its peculiarities will not be exhibited. But it is sad to see those who should be vessels unto honour indulging in the gratification of the lower nature and walking in paths that conscience condemns. Men professing to be followers of Christ fall to a low level, always mourning over their shortcomings, but never overcoming and bruising Satan under their feet. Guilt and condemnation constantly burden the soul, and the cry of such might well be: "O
wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" Romans 7:24. Through indulgence in sin, self-respect is destroyed; and when that is gone, respect for others is lessened; we think that others are as unrighteous as we are ourselves.
At our yearly convocations these things should be set
before the people, and they should be encouraged to find
in Christ deliverance from the power of sin. He says:
"When ye shall search for Me with all your heart, . . .
I will be found of you." Jeremiah 29:13, 14. The standard
should be elevated, and the preaching should be of the
most spiritual character, that the people may be led to see
the reason of their weakness and unhappiness. Many are
unhappy because they are unholy. Purity of heart, innocence
of mind, only can be blessed of God. When sin is
cherished, it can in the end produce nothing but unhappiness;
and the sin which leads to the most unhappy results
is pride of heart, the lack of Christlike sympathy and love.