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[The Watchman-Examiner]

More than one man who reads these lines will recall the day when there first came full and clear into his heart the consciousness that he was a Christian. It was literally the beginning of a new life, a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old things had passed away, and all things became relations. The aims, motives, purposes, aspirations, spirit, everything, was of a higher order, and included everything that could glorify God and benefit humanity. In those fresh experiences of the new life how clear was the purpose to do everything in our power for the salvation of our fellows! It was an exalted joy to think that we might pray and labor for the redemption of "every creature," from those who were nearest us in the home circle to those who were farthest off among the ignorant and degraded of Asia and Africa.

It did not occur to us then that there was anything burdensome in the golden rule. To our newly anointed apprehension it seemed the very essence of divine wisdom. To esteem others as better than ourselves and to count all men as our brothers was the refinement of true Christian courtesy. How we wanted to make the very utmost of ourselves for God, and to do the very utmost for others, that they might be as blessed as we were! Every faculty within us was to be developed by education and practise, and every opportunity without was to be improved to highest fruitfulness. How we repeated that inspired and inspiring injunction, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God"! We felt ourselves set apart for the recovery of the world, in all its concerns of every sort, to truth and holiness. And so we were.

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