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The United Presbyterian magazine

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Pages: 802

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: British and Foreign Bible Society

Excerpt from book: SOUL-HEALTH : A New Tear's Sermon v? Children. BY THE REV. DR EDMOND, HIGHBURY, LONDON. ' Even as thy soul prospereth.'—3 John 2. When friends happen to meet, they generally ask after each other's health. They say, How do you do ? or, I hope you are well, or something to that effect. This habit of inquiring after the health of acquaintances is common to all countries. I have seen a curious comparison of the different ways of expressing the question in different languages, as showing variety of character in the nations using them. But however that may be, the universal practice of asking after or wishing the health of one another, shows how important all men feel it to be. It is important. You can enjoy nothing, and can do nothing well, without health. But it is not all-important : or rather, health of the body is not everything. Health of the soul is better and more precious still. This is not often thought of when we ask after each other's well-beinjr. Not very many have thought of it this morning, as they said to friend or neighbour, A happy new-year to you ! Yet some have thought of it, knowing that no one can be truly happy whose soul is ill. I wish to join these friends, to meet you to-day with a wish about your souls. May they prosper and be in health ! If what I add shall help to make or to keep you well in your souls throughout the year 1864, I shall count it joy. You will say justly, that my wish is not the same as that of the apostle in the verse from which I take my text. It is not. In that verse John is expressing a desire that his friend should be well in his body. The reason is remarkable. He knew that the soul of Gains was quite well. He only wishes that his body were as strong. Now, in by far the greater number of cases, we itiight rather say, I wish...  

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