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"Nothing is more toughing in the history of our Lord's earthly life than his manner of intercourse with the despondent and even desperate," says the Congregationalist. "His presence inspired them almost inevitably with courage, and he evidently addressed them in a way to which they were unaccustomed and which others seldom used. No matter how forlorn the case, how despondent the heart of any man or woman whom Jesus met, he never rebuked them unless rebuke was actually the one means of revealing his absolute comprehension of their heart's necessities. That was the thing which had to be done if they were to confide in him and receive a blessing from him, and once in a while it could be done only by sharpness of speech."

In a sermon recently published in the New York (Baptist) Examiner, the Rev. Dr. Wayland Hoyt says: "The wonder of my boyhood was an old pear-tree in the back yard. By nature it was the commonest sort of tree, producing fruit so acrid that a pig would scarcely touch. it. But that tree had become regenerate. There had been grafted into it the luscious Seckel pear: And the grafts of this sweet and dainty pear transmuted the juices of the natural roots and trunk into exquisite fruitage. A Christian may not bring forth bitter, harsh, worldly fruitage. He has been touched to higher issues. Sad for him if, professing to be grafted into Christ, the fruit of the Spirit does not hang upon the branches of his life. Good works are a mighty matter for a Christian."

June 14, 1900

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