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If we were perfectly certain that our Lord would come this very night, should we not most diligently and faithfully attend to our daily round of duty, and do all that fell to us in that particular sphere in which His good hand has placed us?

The very fact of expecting the blessed Master would strengthen our desire to have everything 'done' as it ought to be, up to the very moment of His return, so that not so much as a single righteous claim should be left neglected.

The hope of the Lord's speedy return, when held in power in the soul is most sanctifying, purifying, and adjusting in its influence upon Christian life, conduct and character.   We know, alas!   That even this most glorious truth may be understood, and flippantly professed with the lips, while the heart and the life, the course, conduct and character remain wholly unaffected by it.  
 But, we are expressly taught by the inspired Apostle John…that "Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure" (1 John 3:3).   Most surely, this "purifying," embraces all that which goes to make up our whole practical life from day to day.


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