Christian life has its roots. It is created and sus-
tained by the contagion of his personal influence.
To enjoy the friendship of Christ is to have a new
force brought into life. The secret of many a
noble life has been expressed in the words, "I have
found a friend." Students get more from personal
contact with an inspiring teacher than from books.
In the formation of character there is no stronger
factor than personal association. The formation
of a new friendship may be the beginning of a new
life; the finding of the heavenly Friend always
means the beginning of a heavenly life.
Companionship with the unseen Christ will slay
all base desire and put a restraint upon wrongdoing.
It will create that holy fear of offending which
Cotton Mather describes in his "Magnalia" as "a
trembling walk with God." It will lead men to
put over the door of their hearts the words which