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Self-Examination
by John Brown

What is the state of your affections towards the Saviour? Is he the object of your indifference or dislike? Does he "grow up before" you in the revelation of the Gospel, "as a root out of a dry ground, without form or comeliness"? and, when you see him, do you perceive "no beauty why ye should desire him"? Or do you regard him as the loveliest of all beings, and the kindest of all benefactors? Do you love him supremely, not, indeed, as he deserves to be loved, not as you wish to love him, but still far better than the most valuable earthly possession, or the dearest earthly friend? Can you enter into the apostle's feelings, when he says, "whom having not seen, we love; in whom, though now we see him not, yet believing, we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory"? Do you feel communion with him to be absolutely necessary to your happiness? and, do you earnestly desire and humbly hope to be for ever "with him, and to behold the glory which the Father hath given him"?

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