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prove themselves superior to the jealousy of rank and position who pay them the due respect their symbolical nature deserves; and those who view social inequalities as a necessity impressed by God on the universal constitution of things, will acknowledge His directing hand by the cheerful acknowledgment of their existence and their advantages. The elevated and refined mind that attaches the chief, if not the only, interest to those higher distinctions, of which external honours are but the type, will always be ready to offer due deference to a species of superiority towards which, personally, comparative indifference is felt, though, as a necessary part of the great whole, they feel and appreciate its value.

Closely connected with the subject last spoken of is the important duty of obedience. Is submission to authority a part of the burden of your daily cross? Do you dislike an action, or a course of conduct that has

been prescribed to you, merely because prescribed? It may have been simply indifferent before. It is, in many cases, not at all inexpedient to object, on proper grounds, to the directions laid down for us. It is seldom your duty to submit to what you dislike (dislike for its own sake, remember,) without an expostulation. But has the expostulation been courteously and cheerfully offered, with a due regard to the position, feelings, or even prejudices of the person to whom it was addressed? And when rejected, it may be selfishly, it may be unkindly, it may be even contemptuously rejected, has the path of obedience, the path of duty, been then cheerfully and readily adopted? It may be part of the appointed discipline of this day, that, when after a long struggle against the opposition made by your pride, you have determined to try the difficult recourse of expostulation, and expected a corresponding reward, you have, on the contrary, been al

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together unsuccessful, and find submit to the grievance after all. This will be a trying moment for you. The discipline consists in the degree of irritation it causes. The external circumstance would not be so very painful if there were not so very much of pride in your heart. Resist your subtle enemy, then, at the very moment when excited feelings show you your danger. Prove your gratitude to God for having revealed the full extent of your sinfulness, by making instant, effectual use of the aid he has promised you to subdue it. Force your stubborn will to bend, obey, with cheerfulness on your brow, and a conviction of its being your duty to do so at your heart; the pain of the discipline will then have vanished, the good remains, and will aid you effectively in your next conflict.

Hitherto I have only spoken of temptation to a spirit of insubordination, when the duty - of obedience is manifest and incontrovertible;


as, for instance, in the case of a wife, or a child. It will be more difficult to detect the sin of pride in the frequently-recurring occasions, when those who insist on the adoption of their own wishes and their own plans, in preference to yours, have no direct claims to your compliance. It is far from my purpose to recommend to you as a matter of principle, the sacrifice of your own reasonable wishes or interests, to the injustice or the caprice of others. Even in point of expediency -even for peace sake-such concessions seldom answer the expected purpose. They lead to new claims, each more unreasonable than the preceding, and cultivate and cherish imaginary rights into real ones; so that a late resistance, when it at last becomes inevitable, is felt as a far greater grievance than early firmness would have been. But it is in opposition to unreasonable claims in a right spirit, and an opposition only when they are unreasonable, that much of the difficulty of daily

life consists. Some of this day's discipline may be the enforcement of what may appear to you an unreasonable claim, in a haughty tone and in an overbearing manner. If this wounds you very much, is it not your pride that is wounded? Being thus, by the pain you feel, set on your guard against your besetting sin, you ought to be careful that your own looks and tones should not reflect the same spirit that you blame in others. An answer proceeding from a meek and lowly heart will make it far less likely that you will be soon again pained by the haughtiness you complain of; for if we examined closely, we should find that the manners of each of the individuals kept in close and constant contact with each other will be little else than a reflection of the impression made on their own mind, by the habitual manner of the individual they address. (Of course I do not speak here of the few whose deportment is modelled by high principle or high breeding.

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