When ye fast, be not, as
the hypocrites, of a sad countenanceóMatt.
specially commendable to the Lordís people at times when
they find themselves lacking in spirituality and exposed
to severe temptations from the world, the flesh and the
devil; for by impoverishing the physical force and
vitality, it may assist the full-blooded and impulsive to
self-control in every direction. We believe that a majority of
Christians would be helped by occasional fasting, a very
plain diet for a season, if not total abstinence. But
fastings to be seen and known of men or to be conjured
up in our own minds as marks of piety on our part, would
be injurious indeed and lead to spiritual pride and
hypocrisy, which would far outweigh their advantages to us in
the way of
Isa.58:5; Deut. 12:18; 1.Sam. 2:1; 1.Chron.
16:27; Ezra 6:22; Neh.8:10,12; 12:43; Psa
4:7;5:11; 16:5-11; 30:11;68:3; 89:15,16; 97:11,12;
126:5,6; Luke 6:22, 23; John 15: 11; 16: 20,
22, 24,33; Acts 16:
25, 34; 2.Cor. 6:10; 7:4; 8:2; 12:10; Heb.
10:34; Jas. 1:2; I. Pet.