A rustic template

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“The Christian ought to form an invincible resolution to become as perfect as possible, and take the life and doctrine of the Saviour as his pattern.

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The means for this purpose are, walking before God – that is, a constant introversion and inwardness, so that the attention is continually directed to that which passes in the soul, and every inclination not acceptable to God is stifled at birth.

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With this exercise, unceasing or inward prayer must be connected, which consists in a continued inclination to, and an habitual dependence upon, God, even in the smallest matters.

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All this must be practiced in a state of constant tranquility and inward humiliation before God.

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In order to render it easy, the individual must seek solitude and retirement as much as is consistent with his outward calling.”

Principles revealed in the correspondence of Gerhard Tersteegen (1697 – 1769)

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