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IT was Sunday evening, and
Agnes Lovel was sitting with
her mother in their cheerful
parlour, near the window,

which looked out upon a
pleasant garden, all gay with
autumn's flowers. But the
eyes of the little girl were
turned away from the plea-
sant garden, and she looked
down upon the carpet, while
her lip trembled, and the co-
lour rose to her cheek. Her
mamma was looking at her
with a grave and sad face,
and she was speaking to her
in a tone of severe reproof.
Agnes had been found out
in telling a falsehood. Now,
this sin was so much the
worse in her, because she had
been taught to love the truth,
and to hate and abhor a lie.

She had learned from her
Bible that lying lips are hate-
ful to the Lord; and she
knew that all liars who do not
repent are to have their part
in the lake of fire that burneth
for ever and ever. Yet with
all this, she had not been
afraid to say the thing that
was not true. She had bro-
ken a beautiful china cup,
and when asked about it she
said that she had not gone
near the table, nor had she
touched the cup.
How could Agnes be so
wicked ?" perhaps some young
reader may say; she ought
.to have gone at once to confess

her fault, and then, though
her mother might have been
angry, and might punish her
for meddling, yet how much
better this would have been
than to double her fault, and
make God angry by telling a
It is always far better to
own that we have done wrong,
and to bear the punishment
that we deserve; for deceit
of any kind is an evil and a
sinful thing, and, sooner or
later, will be sure to bring
upon us further trouble. But
Agnes had a naughty heart,
which told her that the false-
hood would never be known;

and she did not think of God,
who saw her as she stood in
the room alone, with the frag-
ments of the broken cup lying
at her feet, and the sin in her
naughty heart. If she had
thought of him, and asked
for grace to do right, all might
have been well; but, instead
of doing this, she gave way
to her own evil nature, and
so fell into grievous sin.
Reader, remember that you,
too, have a corrupt and sin-
ful heart, which will be sure
to lead you into the way of
evil, if you do not seek for
Divine grace; and pray to
be kept from everything that

would be hurtful to your own
soul, and displeasing to a holy
and all-seeing God.
Agnes sat looking down
upon the floor with shame
and sorrow, while her mother
spoke to her of her sin.
Mrs. Lovel then took up a
Testament which was lying
upon the table, and read to
her the account of two per-
sons who were struck dead
for telling a lie, thus showing
the dreadful effects of sinning
against God, who is able to
destroy both body and soul
in hell. She then told her
to seek for pardon through
the blood of Christ, who died

to take away our sins; and
as Agnes knelt down by her
mother, and prayed that God
would forgive her, for his sake,
the pious parent also prayed
that he would send down his
Holy Spirit to put his love
within her heart.
When Agnes had ended
prayer, Mrs. Lovel kissed her,
and gave her leave to bring
the little chair, and sit down
close beside her. So the little
girl dried her tears, and sat
down, holding her mother's
hand in hers, for she still felt
very sad, and feared that her
dear mamma would not love
her so well as she had done.

"Now, my dear," said
Mrs. Lovel, speaking very
kindly, "I am not going to
reproach you again for having
been naugnty., I have told
you that I forgive you; and
we trust that God also will
forgive you of his great
mercy, and for the. sake of
his dear Son. But I wish to
say something about your sin,
which, with the Divine bless-
ing, may be useful in helping
you to do better for the time
to come. Does my little girl
attend ?"
"Yes, mamma," said Ag-
nes, in a low voice; I wish
to be a better child."

That is right, dear," said
her mother. "In the first
place, then, when you were
in the room alone, and began
to take up the things that
are on the table, did you not
know that you were doing
wrong ?"
Oh yes, mamma," said
Agnes, her eyes again filling
with tears, I knew that it
was wrong; for you have told
me that I must never touch
the things that are there,
unless you give me leave."
"And why is it wrong in
you to do anything that I
"Because you know what
is best for me, mamma."

But, Agnes, is there not
another reason ? think again."
"Yes, I forgot. I ought
to mind what you tell me,
because God commands me
to honour my father and mo-
ther ; and the text says,
'Children, obey your parents
in all things, for this is well-
pleasing unto the Lord.'"
"And when you told a
falsehood about the cup, did
you not know that you were
then guilty of another sin ?"
I did, mamma," said Ag-
nes; "I knew that I ought
always to speak the truth."
Then," said Mrs. Lovel,
still speaking very kindly, "it
appears that in both these

cases my little girl knew what
was right; yet, being tempted,
she did the thing that was
wrong. How are we to ac-
count for this ? In the first
place, it was because she has
a sinful nature, which inclines
her to love the way of evil,
and to choose it; and a se-
cond reason is, that at the
moment when she is called
upon to act, she does not
think about her duty, nor
about the commands of God,
but only of what is most plea-
sant to herself, and what she
would like best to do."
"I am afraid that is the
truth, mamma," said Agnes.

What, then, is to be
done?" asked Mrs. Lovel.
" It is clearly of little use for
you to learn what is your
duty, unless you act rightly
when the time of trial comes.
It will do you no good to
read your Bible and to know
the will of God, unless you
try to practise what you know.
In what respect are you better
for having learned that you
must obey your parents and
speak the truth, if you go on
to do the things that I forbid,
and then hide your fault by
telling a falsehood ?"
"I will try to remember
another time," said Agnes.

I will try to think that God
can see me always, and is
angry when I sin."
"Keep this in mind," said
her mother, and there will
be hope that you mayamend.
But the way for you to be-
come a good child, such as
Jesus delights to see, is to
have the love of God, and the
wish to please him, in your
heart. Those who truly love
him, hate and are afraid of
sin; and God helps them, by
his Holy Spirit, to keep his
commands and to shun every
evil way."
Dear mamma," said the
little girl, will you teach me

to love God in my heart? I
do wish that I could always
be good."
You must go to Jesus by
prayer," said her mother,
" and ask him to forgive your
sins, and to put a new spirit
within you, and to help you by
his grace. He is always ready
to hear you when you pray.
You know that he said, 'Suf-
fer the little children to come
unto me, and forbid them not.'
So, then, if my Agnes wishes
to be good, she must go to
this kind Saviour."
Then the kind mother
taught her child a short prayer
from the Bible, and told her

to repeat it each morning and
night, and sometimes in the
day, that it might bring good
thoughts to her mind. "Create
in me a clean heart, 0 God,
and renew a right spirit with-
in me. Cast me not away
from thy presence ; and take
not thy Holy Spirit from me."
Agnes kept her mother's
words in mind ; and after this
time she was never known
to tell a falsehood. She also
began to understand that the
law of God is not only a les-
son to be learned in the head,
but a rule of life which should
direct our daily conduct, so
that we must on no account

consent to do what it forbids,
and we must try to practise
all that it commands. Chil-
dren often forget this, and then
are soon led into sin. Reader,
how stands the case with you ?
Are you seeking for grace to
obey your Father who is in
heaven? Perhaps you are
blessed with pious parents
and teachers, so that you have
learned the way of duty; but
this knowledge will only in-
crease your guilt, if you choose
the paths of evil.

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