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studying their neighbors the world would be better
off by far. There is only one way by which we can
properly learn ourselves and that is by loving and
serving God. It is possible for us to know much about
the sciences of the world and know nothing about
" Mr. Self." Whenever man learns himself he falls
out with himself. Self is the soul's great enemy,
and before the soul can enter heaven it must be cru¬
cified. 'l Knowing this, that our old man is crucified
with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin."
" The dearest idol I have known,
What'er that idol be,
Help me to tear it from thy throne,
And worship only thee."
When self is denied, rejected and put down, it is
left to die and the soul enters a new life in Christ
Jesus. It does not die all at once, but gradually.
" We are killed all the day long." God help us to
modify the deeds of the body and live daily a life
divinely new unto God.
III. Devotion to Christ—"Thou shalt love the
Lord thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind." * This is the first command,
and with this let us start. Non-conformity to the
world, and crucifixion of self throws one in reach of
the Saviour, where he can by faith touch the hem
* Matt, xxii: 37.