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He made us all, and in the BIBLE he has told us what is his law, and if we would have God for our friend, we must take his word to be our guide as long as we live.
John and Jane read the Bible through when they were quite young, and they laid up in their hearts the truths which they read, so that they did them good. They kept in mind what God had said to them in his book.
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THE Law of God is in the Bible. It is there laid
down in words so plain that a child may know what it means, and those who would be good, will learn the Law of God, and try to do as they are told in the Bible.
The first Law of God is in these words : “ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, with all thy soul, with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.”
God is so good that we ought to love him, and if our hearts were right we should love him more than we love the best friend we have on earth.
He gives us all the good things we have. It is in him, we live and move. If he did not hold us up with his kind hand, we could not stand or walk or breathe.
But more than this, we ought to love God, he is so pure, and wise, and holy. The angels who dwell in his sight, and love to do his will, are happy in his love. And we should love him who hates sin.
This is THE FIRST GREAT LAW which God has laid down in his word, and all those who know him and love him as they ought, are his friends, and will be happy in his love and service, now, and in the life that is to come.
“I will love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me.”
These are the words of God, and they teach children to seek God while he may be found.
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JOHN and Jane were very fond of reading in the
Bible, and when they came to a word and did not know what it meant, they would ask their parents.
Some children think they know so much, that they have no need of learning, and so they do not ask questions.
But John and Jane would try to help each other, and when neither of them could tell the meaning of a word, they would wait till their father or mother had time to attend to them, and then they would ask.
In this way, they learned much which they could not in any other way find out, and it made study much more pleasant and easy.
They soon began to commit the verses of the Bible to memory, and they would repeat whole chapters.
But this they could not do until they had learned to read very well; and while they were learning, their mother would teach them easy hymns which they could say without looking on the book at all.
Thus they were growing wiser as they grew older. One good rule which they had was, to learn something each day of their lives.
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LOVING OUR NEIGHBOUR.
WHEN these children were taught “Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and thy neighbour as thyself,” Jane asked, “Who is my neighbour ?"
John said, “Why, I suppose Mr. Jones who lives on the other side of the road is our neighbour.”
They were then told that the word neighbour means a person who lives near to you, but it also means any person to whom you can do good.
The Bible taught these children to love all men ; yes, even to love those who do not love them.
Jane found a story and read it to John; a story of a little boy who struck his sister on her cheek. She did not strike him; but she held up the other cheek and said, “There, brother."
He did not strike her again, but gave her a sweet kiss. This was doing as she had been told to do, by the Bible which she read.
If we go by the rule to love our neighbour as ourselves, then we shall keep the other law which has been called the Golden Rule:
“Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so unto them.”
If children and all others would live and love each other as this rule directs, this world would be a very happy world. There would be no more war,
would prevail to the end of the world, and to the end of time.
Its fleece was white as snow,
The lamb was sure to go.
2 It followed her to school one day;
That was against the rule ;
To see a lamb at school.
3 And so the teacher turned him out,
But still he lingered near, And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.