Mrs. a. J. Keller 8/8/1933 Page #2

manners,; in politeness, in how to 'do their work well,, it means training them by. our-- example, by our teaching to live for God - we must not make that training so. strict they will learn to dislilte religion - but teach them what God really is "Love". That all* He asks of us is to love him - for- if we love any one - ,we would not hurt them, or mistreat, them - but, we want to plea.se them, don't we? WeJSL - every sin - huibts \ God and our .dear Jesus who done so much for us, if I had. done for you what Jesus did - you would love me and want .to do anything .in your power to show you loved me - so we should and will be with Jesus.. Now I am not going to tell you it. is easy to be a Christian, for it is not. But was it easy for Jesus to le'ave all .He left in Heaven and come to this old sin cursed earth and go through all jig went through fr you, for me? I say it wan't. But'.he did it. He opened the door, that the devil had cjLpsed. and he left it open for me, for you, for anyone who will follow in his footssept -He does not ask us to jdie on the cross as 3|e did - if he did few would fdlow His- example - but he does ask. us to turn away from sinful habits and take, up good habits to love Him - read the Bible dail^r at least on,ce, o^tener is better for us. Themore you read God's -worg the swee ,,er it grows -it has only been the last year or maybe a little longer, that 1 learned that, I use,d to read it from a sense of duty - or when I was in trouble like a hurt child who comes to its mother's arms for comfort, but now I love it. The Christian life is a growth if you are resly in earnest, and trying to do right, you can soon begin to look back and see your growth a fault overcome here, and one there, one will always, have to be overcome as long as we live. Christian life is a battle too the devil hates to give us up, he wants us to suffer with him when God rewards us for our sins - or our "overcomings" so often I tell Him how glaci ^ am He can read every thought of my heart - for -while He sees all the sins - all the weaknesses, all the failures - He can also see that my desire i-s towards^ Him ~ that I really, honestly want .to be good. No .Christian, living is not easy Rose darling, but there 'is ho. please', like it - I can te&ify to .that. Troubles and sorrows -yest- there is no promise in the Bible that assures us we. wlti.1 be free from them here - but - "My peace I give unto th.ee, not as the world gives," etc., etc., no the wo rid gives no .peac_e , so called - the'pleaures of the world - leaves a bad."taS'ttf in our mouth - to say nothing of a stain on our souls - we'must give up worldly things - for we can not serve- 2 masters - you, as well as I know - love to read novels and worldly magazines, 'nothing 3f ever done was as hard as to give up as that was. - how I dallied with the-''temptat ions - 1 would quit (once I quit .for ,3_ years) and then I would break over and read - 0 - what love, what paitence, what mercy -God shows us if He realy sees and knows we want to quit any sin - whether it be reading novels and stories, cursing, bad taiper or what, ever it may be - if we want, to quit and do our part, God will do His. Did you arer stop to think that God