A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females eBook

Harvey Newcomb
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sinners?  Has this led me to do more for their conversion?  Have I abounded more in every good word and work?  Have the fruits of the Spirit increased in my heart and life?  Have I been more faithful in all the relations of life?  Do I perceive any growing deadness to the world?  Does my relish for spiritual things increase, while my taste for earthly delights diminishes?  Do I see more and more my own weakness, and feel a more steady dependence upon Christ?  Do I feel increasing spirituality in religious duties?  Do I feel increasing tenderness of conscience, and maintain more watchfulness against sin?  Do I feel greater concern for the prosperity of the church and the conversion of the world?  Am I becoming more meek and gentle in spirit, less censorious, and less disposed to resent injuries?  Am I more ready to receive reproof from others, without anger or hardness of feeling?

If you have time to keep a journal, you may find some advantage from reviewing it on such occasions.  It will aid your memory, and help you to give your past life a more thorough examination.  You will thereby be the better able to judge whether you are making progress.  However, this is a dangerous experiment, as it is difficult to divest ourselves of the idea that we are writing for the perusal of others; and this furnishes many temptations.  But, however unfit this examination may find you, do not let Satan tempt you to stay away from the Lord’s table.  It is your duty to commemorate his dying love.  It is your duty also to do it with a suitable preparation of heart.  Both these duties you will neglect by staying away.  In doing so, you cannot expect God’s blessing.  But set immediately about the work of repentance.  Come to the cross of Christ, and renew your application to his pardoning blood.  Give yourself away to God anew, and renew your covenant with him.  In doing this, he will bless your soul; and the Lord’s table will be a season of refreshing.  But if this repentance and preparation be heartfelt and sincere, its fruits will be seen in your subsequent life.


I have now completed my intended series of letters.  I have endeavored to present the Christian character, and the duties required of the followers of Christ, in the light of God’s word.  I know, however, that I have done it with much imperfection.  But, do not rest with the mere mechanical performance of the duties here recommended.  Do not engage in any of them with the hope of meriting God’s favor.  Use them only as the means of promoting your spiritual progress; depending on the Holy Spirit, through the blood and merits of Christ, to sanctify your heart.  For it is very possible for you to observe all these things, and yet deceive yourself.  Remember that true religion is a deep work of grace in the heart, changing the bent and inclination of the soul, and giving a new direction to all its faculties.  O may you so live that Jesus shall say to you, as to the church at Thyatira, “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works and THE LAST TO BE MORE THAN THE FIRST.”  Take also his exhortation to the church at Smyrna:  “BE THOU FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH, AND I WILL GIVE THEE A CROWN OF LIFE.”

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