Wherefore I say unto you,
All manner of sin and blasphemy
shall be forgiven unto men:
but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost
shall not be forgiven unto men.
- A man may cut away every mast on his ship, and yet pursue his voyage.
- A man may have everything on deck carried overboard, and yet make some headway.
- A man in the middle of the ocean can afford to lose everything else better than he can afford to lose the compass in the binnacle.
When that is gone he has nothing to steer by.
That little instrument is his best friend. It is his guide.
And that conscience which God has given you is your compass and guide.
You can afford to lose genius, and taste, and reason, and judgment better than that.
Keep that as the apple of your eye.
Keep it clear, and strong, and discerning.
Be in love with your conscience; and let your conscience be in love with God.
A conscience held in love, is the very foundation not only of a spiritual manhood, but of happiness in an earthly manhood. (H. W. Beecher.)
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