The Leopard
Its color is a clear, handsome yellow, spotted with black; the spots are found in little
groups, two, or three, or four together, and the skin is very smooth and shining. There
is such a great difference between the color of the spots and the rest of the skin, that
you would think it a very curious looking animal. The 23d verse of the 12th chapter of
may ye also do good that are accustomed to do evil." It would be no easy thing to
wash away the leopard's black spots; indeed nothing but God's power could do it. So
it is not easy to do right when we have been used to do wrong, and have loved to do
it: this is why we need to pray that God will "create a clean heart and renew a right
spirit within" us. Should we not be careful about every sinful habit? Remember, dear
child, that such a habit in you may become fixed, almost like the leopard's spots; and
pray God to help you love every thing that is "pure, and lovely, and of good report."
What a peaceful and happy time that will be, when Jesus our Savior shall reign in all
the earth-when all men shall love him and each other-when "the leopard (fierce and
cruel as it is now) shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the
fatling together; and a little child shall lead them." That bright day is coming; and if
you love Christ, even you-a child-can do something to prepare for it.