Discourses on Special Occasions, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)
In the first place, I believe him to have been inﬂ:uenced by a sentiment of deeply humble self-annihilation in the pre sence of God - Fully aware of the estimation in which he was held, - of the affectionate and admiring partiality of his intimate friends, he could not but anticipate, in such a life, no little amount of personal eulogy. But whatever might be his estimate of himself in comparison with fellow-men, When he viewed himself in God's sight, so overwhelming at all times was his feeling of conscious unworthiness, - of his infinite distance, his universal failure, his utter nothingness, - that he shrunk from the idea of having either his personal or his official excellencies blazoned. All who ever witnessed the spirit of deep and prostrate reverence, of self-annihilating lowliness and contrition, with which he contemplated and approached the divine Being, will at once be sensible, that, with the thought in his mind of the eye of that Being resting upon him, and searching, with holy omniscience, his heart and his reins, he would have shrunk, with inexpressible sensi tiveness, from any thing in himself being so much as named under the designation of good. 0 could he but find accept ance, unworthy as he was, with his blessed Master! To be held up to the admiration of men, while in his whole soul he was shrinking from the eye of the majesty and the purity of the High and Holy One, was a thought which he could not for an instant have borne.
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