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The difference between the godly and the ungodly

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The difference between the godly and the ungodly

(James Meikle, “The Traveler” June 14, 1758)

There is a wide difference in both principle and practice, between the the godly and the ungodly. 

The affections of the godly are spiritually refined–and their desires are exalted.¬†
The inclinations of the ungodly are corrupt–and their desires are groveling.¬†

Sin has but a tottering standing, and a momentary abode–in the godly.¬†
But sin has fixed its throne, and taken up its eternal residence–in the ungodly.¬†

In the godly, grace and sin struggle for sovereignty. 
In the ungodly, sin domineers and there is no struggle. 

The godly is deeply concerned about world to come. 
The ungodly has no concern about eternal realities. 

The speech of the godly is seasoned with grace. 
The discourse of the ungodly is insipid and vain. 

The godly has his hope fixed on God. 
The ungodly has no fear of God before his eyes. 

The godly use the world without abusing it. 
The ungodly, in using the world, abuse both themselves and it. 

The godly sees God in his daily life, and rejoices in Him with his whole heart. 
The ungodly says in his practice: “There is no God!” and wishes in his heart that there were no God.¬†

The godly adores the Creator above all else. 
The ungodly worships the ‘creature’ more than the Creator.

The godly uses God’s name with profoundest reverence, and departs from iniquity.¬†
The ungodly profanes God’s name with impudence, and adds iniquity to sin.¬†

The godly redeems his time. 
The ungodly trifles away his time. 

The godly studies his duty in obedience to all God’s precepts.¬†
The ungodly shakes himself loose from every command of God. 

The godly forgives his foes. 
The ungodly lays a snare for his foes. 

The godly commits it to God to avenge wrongs done to him. 
The ungodly, fiery and tumultuous–seeks revenge.¬†

The godly loves purity in all things. 
The ungodly wallows in impurity. 

The godly is content with his condition. 
The ungodly covets all the day long. 

The godly is pure in heart. 
The heart of the ungodly is like a cage full of unclean birds. 

The godly walks at liberty in the ways of God. 
The ungodly is the servant and slave of sin. 

The Holy Spirit rules in the heart of the godly. 
Satan rules in the heart of the ungodly. 

The godly has his citizenship in Heaven. 
The ungodly has his citizenship in Hell. 

As there is such a wide difference in their¬†principles¬†and¬†practices–so also, in their¬†eternal destinies.¬†
God is faithful–He has promised felicity to the pious, and threatened vengeance to the wicked.¬†
“The wicked is thrust out in his wickedness; but the righteous has hope in his death.” Proverbs 14:32

The godly are under the blessing of God’s love.¬†
The ungodly are under the curse of God’s justice.¬†

The godly with joy, draw water out of the wells of salvation. 
The ungodly shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 

To the godly, pertain all the exceeding great and precious promises. 
To the ungodly, pertain all the threatenings of God. 

Heaven shall be the palace of the godly! 
Hell shall be the prison of the ungodly! 

While the godly shall dwell through eternity with God, 
the ungodly shall be driven away into everlasting darkness! 

Thus, the righteous and wicked are separated in their life, and divided in their death. They are divided . . .
  in their principles,
  in their practices, 
  in their choices,
  in their joys, 
  in their thoughts, 
  in their company,
  in their speech,
  in their fears,
  in their expectations, 
  in their death, and
  through eternity itself!

Monsters Of Cruelty!

Monsters of cruelty!

(“Solitude Sweetened” by James Meikle, 1730-1799)

Now that I am a father, and know the affection of a parent–would I not defend from every danger–would I not bestow every truly good thing–would I not implore every blessing–on my tender children? Would I not nourish their infant state–correct and educate their childhood–inspect, reprove, and admonish them in youth? Would I allow the dear little creatures–to play with sharp pointed knives–to frolic on the brink of a rapid torrent–or dance around a pit’s mouth? Would I permit them to eat deadly berries–or to put a cup of poison to their tender lips? However indulgent, would I allow them to disobey my commands? And if they labored under any disease which threatened their precious life, what pains or expenses would I spare to procure them relief? If assured that a physician lived somewhere, who could heal them without fail–would I not send to the uttermost corner of the land? would I not travel to the ends of earth?

But, hear me, O parents! If our concern for our children ends only with their bodies–we are monsters of cruelty! Would we pluck them from fire and water–and yet permit them to plunge into the fire of hell, and lie under the billows of Jehovah’s wrath? Will we snatch from them sword, pistol or knife–and allow them to wound themselves to the very soul, with sin? Will we chastise their disobedience to us–and wink at their spitting in the very face of God, by open acts of sin? Are we fond to have them educated and well-bred–and yet let them live in the neglect of prayer, which is the highest disrespect that can be put on the Author of our being?

In a word, is this the sum of our kindness, is this the height of our concern for our dear children–to see them happy in time, flourishing in the affairs of this life–though they end up being miserable beyond description through eternity itself? Will their bodily pain excite our sympathy, and will we do all in our power to have their diseases healed–and yet have no concern that their souls pine under sin, and they suffer all the pangs of hell? Will we not bring them in our prayers, to the Physician of souls, to the Savior of sinners?

I have but one request for all of my children, and that is–that they may fear and serve God here–and enjoy him forever! No matter though they sweat for their daily bread–only let them feed on the hidden manna! Let them toil and spin for their apparel–but let them be covered in Christ’s righteousness! How would I count my house renowned, and my family ennobled, if there sprang from it–not wealthy princes or kings, (let potsherds of the earth strive for such earthly vanities)–but pillars for the temple of God in glory–who shall dwell in the presence of the King of kings–when time is no more!


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