I can graft a tree so that every branch is cut off,
And the whole tree becomes renewed to bear good fruit,
And yet, unless I watch over the tendency of the stems to give sprouts,
They may again rise and grow strong,
And, robbing the new graft of the strength it needs, make it weak.
Such are Christians who, when apparently powerfully converted, forsake all to follow Christ, and yet after a time, through unwatchfulness, allow old habits to regain their power, and whose Christian Life and Fruit are but feeble.