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pathy of those who might otherwise have despised him and trampled on him. Or if, from any cause, it should be otherwise, as a servant of Christ he will have something to reconcile him to his treatment, in the remembrance that even his Divine Master was despised and rejected of men.
Look, again, at the advantage which Christianity would give to the working classes in the management of all their schemes for mutual help. At the present moment, they are profoundly convinced of the great value of the principle of union, but they are in great difficulty how to turn it to account. They feel that the six millions of working men in Great Britain should be a most powerful body, if they were properly united and thoroughly organized. But how to attain this union is the difficulty. They are like men who have got hold of a machine, evidently of marvellous power, but they do not know how to work it. Are we wrong in saying that one of the great difficulties in this matter is the difficulty of management ? Societies are formed that seem very hopeful, unions are organized, but they go to pieces, because the managers fall out among themselves, or the members fall foul of the managers. Smooth working among those that do the work is the great desideratum. How comes it that the comparatively smooth working which is found in other
bodies is so difficult of attainment among the working classes ? Mainly, we believe, through want of mutual forbearance. Each man is too ready to insist on his own way of doing things, and to quarrel with his brother if he will not adopt it. There is a tendency to force one's own opinion, and a want of due regard for the opinion of others. It is always a delicate thing among equals to preserve each man's freedom. There is needed much friendly consideration, much Christian forbearance, and, where there is no essential lack of principle, much confidence in one another. These qualities, so essential to the working classes in the management of their schemes, true Christianity supplies. It allows freedom to all men, within the limits of what is right and good; but forbearance is one of its prominent graces, and there is no evil which it more carefully guards against, than setting at nought the conscientious scruples of brethren. It requires us, as much as lieth in us, to live peaceably with all men. It counsels us to be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. It bids us look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. If all these counsels were transferred to the hearts of those who manage for the working classes; if the spirit of these qualities were infused into their mode of conducting business, would not the machine
work far more smoothly, and bring a far higher measure of success ?
Another blissful aspect of true Christianity to the sons and daughters of toil, may be found in the sunshine and serenity which it brings. There is infinite truth and beauty in those figures of speech that describe Christ as the “Sun of Righteousness," as the “Light of the morning,” “ the bright and the morning star.” Sunbeams go forth from him continually, and they are continually lighting upon the hearts of his people. Under their influence, toil, which was inflicted as a curse, changes its hue, and gets a touch of brightness; each day's work becomes a moral victory and a holy offering, and the very difficulty and self-denial that attend it, give it a glory when it is fairly done. Of the Christian workman, emphatically it is true :
“ Toiling, rejoicing, sorrowing,
Onward thro' life he goes ;
Each evening sees it close :
Has earned a night's repose.” What shall we say of the sunshine that streams out on him from the open pages of his Bible? Or of the beams of love and peace which fall on him as he begins his Sabbath thinking of his Lord's great victory, and goes on to forecast the rest in glory
which the day prefigures ? Then there is the Holy Supper, when the sun appears to shine down from a peerless sky; and, in a less degree, the sunshine of favourite books, and of meetings with congenial friends. And what a variety of bright and cheery thoughts may each day's common sights call up! The lilies of the field, the ravens, the sparrows, the sky, the rivers, the fragrant spices of the garden,signs and symbols of higher things,—how rich are they all to him in delightful thoughts !
“ There are as many lovely things,
As many pleasant tones,
As those who sit on thrones."
But there is one spot which is peculiarly and pre-
appears, rich with the promise of a holy
and loving life; each sign of truth and tenderness, of trust in Christ, and the purpose to serve Him, in any son or daughter, reflecting as they all do the sunshine of heaven, will be a source of gladness in that home. Will their humble meals not taste sweeter for the blessing so reverently asked before them? Will their sleep not be more refreshing that they have all kneeled at night at the throne of grace, and commended themselves to Him that neither slumbers nor sleeps ? Will the trials and worries of the day not fall easier on them when they have cased themselves from head to foot in the armour of God, and laid in a stock of patience and self-control to meet them? Will the six days of labour be none the lightsomer for the sunshine of the day of rest? Will no “music of wonderful melodies" be heard in their soul after their Sabbath converse with “the glorious company of the apostles, the goodly fellowship of the prophets, the noble army of martyrs ?”—
“ Such songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
That follows after prayer.".
Do not say, “These are mere dreams of fancy. There is too much knocking about in the workman's house for scenes like these. Things must go on there in a rougher fashion, and we may be glad if