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keen eye, attentive ear, comprehensive intellect, and
sound judgment, attests the fact that in order to accom¬
plish any purpose or attain any end, the individual man
must go forward to insure success and grasp his desire.
No aim in life can be successful without it. If in quest
of wealth or position, science, literature, or anything
else, earnest perseverance as well as strong, resolution,
activity and energy, are necessary forces, and must be
brought out for the struggle. Is the aim intellectual
greatness, the command Go forward holds good; atten¬
tion, assiduity, application, are elements necessary to
crown the effort. In the life of each man the command
is good; to him it is as essential as any law of his being.
Old habits, if they are injurious in their tendency by
corrupting the heart in any way, must be broken off, and
a sound morality, virtuous and upright deportment, must
mark the general character.
Particularly is this command good in the Christian
man's life. The commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes. Every professing Christian must
grow in grace and in knowledge—knowledge of himself,
of his God, of his obligations to the world around him,
and as to matters of faith grow therein. Paul says—
" Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended, but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are
behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are
before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Viewing the principle plainly taught in this text as
it bears upon the individual man, we must admit its
importance and necessity, as it enters into every arrange¬
ment introduced for his government by Jehovah himself.
He writes it in fairest lines drawn upon every effort to
benefit the moral or the Christian world—progress, pro-