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Testimonies to Southern Africa, Page 14

Chapter 2—Letter to a Minister and His Wife Bound for Africa

Stockholm, Sweden

June 25, 1887

Dear Brother _____,

There are some things I wish to address particularly to yourself and to your wife. You both need to be guarded; you both have strong wills, and are not wanting in self-confidence

In your association with others, there is danger of your both being over-bearing and exacting. You will also be in danger of this in your own married life, unless you daily humble your hearts before God, and individually feel the great need of learning in the school of Christ the lessons of meekness, humility, and lowliness of heart.

Your ways seem to be right in your own eyes, when they may be far from right. God would have you less self-confident, self-sufficient

Your ideas and plans should be closely and critically examined, for you are in danger of circumscribing the work, of placing your own mould upon it, and of using your narrow ideas and cheap plans, which generally prove to be the dearest in the end. You belittle the work by so doing. While it is well to exercise economy, let the work of God ever stand in its elevated noble dignity.

As you are to begin work in a new mission, be careful that your defects are not exalted as virtues, and thus retard the work of God. It is testing truths we are bringing before the people, and in every movement these truths should be elevated to stand in moral beauty before those for whom we labour. Do not throw about the truth the peculiarities of your own character, or your own manner of labour....

Do not cheapen the work of God. Let it stand forth as from God. Let it bear no human impress, but the impress of the divine.

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