Watch yourself

28 09 2009

A quote from a letter written to Charles Simeon (from Biography by Handley Moule)

“I should recommend your having a watchful eye over yourself, for generally speaking as is the Minister so are the people. If the Minister is enlightened, lively and vigorous, his Word will come with power upon many and make them so; if he is formal the infection will spread among the hearers; if he is lifeless, spiritual death will be visible through the greatest part of the Congregation; therefore if you watch over your own soul you may depend upon it your people will keep pace with you generally, or at least that is the way to blessing.

It is sad that though too common a mistake to be more regardful of others than ourselves, and we must begin at him; many regard watchfully the outward work and disregard that within.”

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