Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
Of the Rev. S. F. Bridge, independent minister, his son says: His integrity was unbending. One circumstance in connection with domestic life demonstrated this sterling feature. A kind friend used sometimes to send a parcel of clothing, and on this occasion, in a coat pocket, a five-pound note was discovered. Many, even of the Lord's people, might have appropriated the money, and thought it "quite a providence." But father did not so. There are timely provisions and there are baits which test God's family. He knew the. donor's habits, and would not take for granted that the note was intentionally submitted in a delicate manner, so he promptly sent it back with an explanation. I well remember how dear mother — her name was Martha — urged with tears that he should write first, and ascertain whether it had not been enclosed as a gift; but, although the value of five pounds was multiplied by the many mouths to be fed, she soon endorsed father's way as the right one. I believe this matter was never known save to the Lord, the family, and the gentleman himself. That five pounds (lid not reach us again.
(Sword and. Trowel.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
WEB: Pray for us, for we are persuaded that we have a good conscience, desiring to live honorably in all things.