As an eagle stirs up her nest, flutters over her young, spreads abroad her wings, takes them, bears them on her wings:…
I. The great end of the spiritual discipline of humanity is TO SECURE THE RIGHT ACTION OF OUR POWERS. What is right action?
1. A constitutionally befitting action. We are made to love, study, and serve God.
2. A self-reliant action. This is the condition of progress, and implies a trust in moral principles and in God.
3. A Divinely prompted action.
II. The means of the spiritual discipline of humanity involve A VARIETY OF DIVINE ACTION.
1. A stimulating action. God takes health, property, friends, children away, to stir us up.
2. An exemplary action. In Christ we see how we can, and ought to, act.
3. A protecting action.
III. The genius of the spiritual disciple of humanity is ever that of PARENTAL AFFECTION.
1. There should be on our part a cordial acquiescence. Our Father knows what is best, and what we require.
2. There should be on our part an endeavour to realise the end of discipline (Job 23:10; Psalm 66:10-12).
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