<401233> Matthew 12:33, 35 ? ?Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by its fruit...The good man out of his good treasure bringeth forth good things: and the evil man out of his evil treasure bringeth forth evil things?; 15:19 ? ?For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, railings?; <441614>Acts 16:14 ? ?And a certain woman named Lydia...heard us: whose heart the Lord opened to give heed unto the things which were spoken by Paul?; <450617>Romans 6:17 ? ?But thanks be to God, that whereas ye were servants of sin, ye became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto ye were delivered?; 10:10 ? ?with the heart man believeth unto righteousness?; cf . <195110>Psalm 51:10 ? ?Create in me a clean heart O God; And renew a right spirit within me?; <243133>Jeremiah 31:33 ? ?I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their hearts will I write it?; <261119> Ezekiel 11:19 ? ?and, I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and will give them a heart of flesh.?
Horace Mann: ?One former is worth a hundred reformers.? It is often said that the redemption of society is as important as the regeneration of the individual. Yes, we reply, but the regeneration of society can never be accomplished except through the regeneration of the individual. Reformers try in vain to construct a stable and happy community from persons who are selfish, weak, and miserable. The first cry of such reformers is: ?Get your circumstances changed!? Christ?s first call is: ?Get yourselves changed and then the things around you will be changed.? Many college settlements, temperance societies and self-reformations begin at the wrong end. They are like kindling a coal-fire by lighting kindling at the top. The fire soon goes out. We need God?s work at the very basis of character and not on the outer edge at the very beginning and not simply at the end. <400633>Matthew 6:33 ? ?seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.?
(d) It is a change in the moral relations of the soul.
<490205> Ephesians 2:5 ? ?when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive us together with Christ?; 4:23, 24 ? ?that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth ?; <510113>Colossians 1:13 ? ?who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love.? William James, Varieties of Religious Experience, 508, finds the features belonging to all religions are an uneasiness and its solution. The uneasiness, reduced to its simplest terms,
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