A Better and Nobler Way To Live
Ignorance, pleasure loving, and sinful habits, corrupting soul, body, and spirit, make the world full of moral leprosy; deadly moral malaria is destroying thousands and tens of thousands. Many are sunken in sin. Many are in distress. They are pressed with suffering, want, unbelief, espondency. Disease of every type afflicts them, both in body and in soul. They long to find a solace for their troubles, and Satan tempts them to seek it in lusts and pleasures that lead to ruin and death. He is offering them the apples of Sodom that will turn to ashes upon their lips.
If lasciviousness, pollution, adultery, crime, and murder are the order of the day among those who know not the truth, and who refuse to be controlled by the principles of God's word, how important that the class professing to be followers of Christ, closely allied to God and angels, should show them a better and nobler way! How important that by their chastity and virtue they stand in marked contrast to that class who are controlled by brute passions!
Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well. Isa. 1:16, 17.
We are to seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, and plead for the widow. Not only feel sorrow for the sin committed, but break off the practice. We must be doing, not stand idle. We must be doing the good the Lord our God requires. It is plain that the sacrifices of the LAW could not atone, even for outward national crimes.
But, blessed be God, there is a Fountain opened, in which sinners of every age and rank may be cleansed. Though our sins have been as scarlet and crimson, a deep dye, a double dye, first in the wool of original corruption, and afterwards in the many threads of actual transgression; though we have often dipped into sin, by many backslidings; yet pardoning mercy will take out the stain.
Ps 51:7-Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
They should have all the happiness and comfort they could desire. Life and death, good and evil, are set before us. O Lord, incline all of us to live to thy GLORY.