Sound Advice to Pastors

I’ve been reading with much benefit Andrew Bonar’s Memoirs and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. Here’s something from my reading this morning; it comes from a letter written by M’Cheyne to W.C. Burns, who will be filling in for M’Cheyne while he is off on a missions trip to Israel (pp. 216-217):

Take head to thyself. Your own soul is your first and greatest care. You know a sound body alone can work with power; much more a healthy soul. Keep a clear conscience through the blood of the Lamb. Keep up close communion with God. Study likeness to Him in all things. Read the Bible for your own growth first, then for your people. Expound much; it is through the truth that souls are to be sanctified, not through essays upon the truth. Be easy of access, apt to teach, and the Lord teach you and bless you in all you do and say. You will not find many companions. Be the more with God.

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