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Always let them feel that you care for their eternal welfare. In order that you may do this, do not separate yourself, but take part in actual life. Be at home in what the things of the world, under God's providence, provide of interest and beauty. Al-

ways keep open a space where you can meet worldly people, discover yourself to them, and talk with them. Truly, their estrangement can

become

ill

will

and

resistance.

A moment may

come, when, by forgetting yourself, you might turn the holy into ridicule. And then breaking away may become duty. But even as on the way to the cross your Savior ever had his eye on the world, and on the cross still prayed for forgiveness for those who knew not what they did, so should the eye of your seeking love be upon, and your prayer continue in behalf of, those who have wandered from the fold of God. In this seeking love and in this prayer you will have the surest sign that you are not mistaken, but that you yourself in all reality are near unto your God. 107

"WHEN Our

I

WAS A

CHILD."

walk with the Eternal does not follow a fixed, uniform model. That which presents itself in this exceedingly holy and deeply spiritual domain in an imitated form, arouses the suspicion of

secret

insincerity. of a

friendship

Even in human fellowship all more intimate sort struggles to

free itself from the stress of conventional usage. Uniformity only prevails, and only may prevail in human intercourse when contact in broader

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 593

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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