Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 10

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Lt 93a, 1895

White, J. E.

Granville, N. S. W., Australia

October 17, 1895

Previously unpublished. +Note

My Dear Son:

Last night I <dreamed I> was in conversation and had some words of caution for you. I said, The Lord has done much for you, and He would have you draw nigh unto Him daily. 10LtMs, Lt 93a, 1895, par. 1

Here I left the writing to see about my packing for the Melbourne camp meeting. A part of our family have gone on Cook’s cheap excursion. I have first class return tickets for May and me. Willie goes second class on the same train. Sarah McEnterfer reached us last Tuesday. She seems as efficient as ever. It seems good to have her here. She had a pleasant voyage, and was sick but little. She goes with us first class, as all ocean passengers receive special favors. So we three go together in the ladies’ compartment. If there happens to be a crowd, I shall have to take a sleeper, but if not, I can make a bed on the seat. 10LtMs, Lt 93a, 1895, par. 2

I send you but little mail this week, but I have abundance to have copied for the mail. I wish to put you on guard. Be very careful not to express yourself too freely <at any time> in the way of criticizing anyone; for all such expressions will be used against you and will hedge up your way from doing good. Show wisdom toward those that are without. Watch unto prayer, be reserved in speech, maintain Christlike dignity in all your remarks, as one weighted with the burden of saving souls for whom Christ has died. Though some in positions of trust are not vitalized by the Spirit of God, and do not show that they are consecrated, let not their influence affect you. 10LtMs, Lt 93a, 1895, par. 3

You can glorify God by your holy conversation, revealing the grace and power of Christ in your own heart. Be content to meet no low standard. Lift up Jesus in speech, lift him up in prayer; let it be revealed that your life is hid with Christ in God. Be sure to breathe in a holy atmosphere, that you may be as salt that has not lost its savor. Edson, you may represent Christ in the very place where you have dishonored your Redeemer. <In the place of being discouraged,> you may show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Let all the tact, all the God-given ability be consecrated to the service of Christ that you may be a vessel unto honor. The Lord will be with you and bless you if you will be with Him. 10LtMs, Lt 93a, 1895, par. 4

Your safety is in keeping yoked up with Christ every hour. Let it be seen that you are in communion with God every hour for this is your privilege. Do not walk contrary to the light on health reform. Show that you believe the testimonies God has given. I am praying for you, that you may strive earnestly for that crown that fadeth not away. If you are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, you will be meek and lowly in heart. He who dwells in the high and holy place will dwell also with you if you are humble and contrite. Let Christ appear, and you will have strength and power with the people because the Holy Spirit works you. The Lord bless, strengthen and support you. 10LtMs, Lt 93a, 1895, par. 5

We are living in perilous times, and we must be true to God, and a blessing to our fellow men. If they are deceived, that is all the greater reason why they should be treated with respect, that they may be won to the truth. Dear Edson, I must close. I wish I could write more, but this cannot be. From the light the Lord has given me there is an irreverent spirit in the Review Office. There is much lightness and trifling, many words are spoken that are cheap and chaffy, and there is not a small amount of disgusting commonness. Give no one any cause to dishonor God by your words or spirit. God will be your helper and you can be a help to others, and strengthen their purposes for God. 10LtMs, Lt 93a, 1895, par. 6