“Watch Thou In All Things”
By Horatius Bonar (1808 – 1889)
He that would be holy must watch. “...Watch thou in all things...” (2 Tim. 4:5). “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith...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.
Let us run a swift and patient race, laying “aside every weight, and the sin [unbelief] which doth so easily beset us” (Heb. 12:1). Let us 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 Christ. The Christian must not trifle with sin under any pretense.
The Indwelling Spirit of Love
As possessors of the Spirit of love, we must be loving, laying aside all malice and guile, and hypocrisies, and evil-speakings; discharging daily the one debt that is never to be paid (Rom. 13:8). For the indwelling Spirit is not idle nor barren, but produces fruit, divine fruit in human hearts, heavenly fruit on earthly soil, fruit which indicates its inner source, and tells of the glorious Guest within; for “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23).
Let us maintain unblunted the edge of our relish for prayer and fellowship with God, as the great preservative against the seductions of the age; for only intimacy with God can keep us from intimacy with the world.
Let us be on our guard against old self in every form, whether it be indolence, or temper, or coldness, or rudeness, or disobligingness, or slovenliness, or shabbiness, or covetousness, or flippancy, or self-conceit, or pride, or cunning, or obstinacy, or sourness, or levity, or foolishness, or love of pre-eminence. Let us cultivate a tender conscience, watching against the commission of little sins, and the omission of little duties; redeeming the time, yet never in a hurry; calm, cheerful, frank, happy, genial, generous, unselfish, thoughtful of others.
Consistent and True
As disciples of Christ, let our discipleship be complete and consistent, our connection with Him exhibiting itself in conformity to His likeness, our life a comprehensive creed, our walk the embodiment of all that is honest and lovely and of good report. Christ’s truth sanctifies as well as liberates. His wisdom purifies as well as quickens. Let us beware of accepting the liberty without the holiness, the wisdom without the purity, the peace without the zeal and love.
Let us be true men, in the best sense of the word: true to ourselves; true to our new birth and our new name; true to the church of God; true to the indwelling Spirit; true to Christ and to the doctrine concerning Him; true to that Book of which He is the sum and the burden. On it let us feed, with appetite newwhetted every day; so shall we add, not one but many cubits to our stature, growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Condensed from God’s Way of Holiness by Horatius Bonar who was a Scottish Presbyterian minister and hymn writer.