He that would be holy must watch

Those that would be holy must watch. "Watch thou in all things" (2 Tim 4:5); "watch ye, stand fast in the faith. quit you like men, be strong" (1 Cor 16:13). Let the sons of night sleep or stumble in the darkness, but let us, who are of the day, be sober, lest temptation overtake us, and we be ensnared in the wiles of the devil, or the seductions of this wanton world. "Blessed is he that watcheth" (Rev 16:15). In watching let us witness a good confession (1 Tim 6:13), not ashamed of Him whose badge we bear; let us run a swift and patient race; "let us lay aside every weight, and the sin [unbelief] which doth so easily beset us" (Heb 12:e 1) and "follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness" (1 Tim 6:11), having our eye upon the coming and the kingdom of our Lord Jesus.

Horatius Bonar (c. 1864)
God's Way of Holiness. Republished by Christian Heriage Ross-shire UK,1999, p 129
Posted: 22 Sep 2013