THE EFFECT OF REVIVAL
Remarks by James Robe on the revival at Kilsyth 1740-43.
Among the instances of the good fruits of this work upon the generality of the people are the visible reformation from many open sins in their lives: particularly cursing and swearing and minced oaths, which formerly were frequent, but are now laid aside. Drinking to excess is either forborne or much discountenanced. In pubiic occasional meetings, edifying discourse hath taken the place of frothy, foolish, censorious, or otherwise evil speaking. Instead of worldly and common discourse upon the Lord’s day, there is that which is spiritual and good to the use of edifying. There is little of sitting idle at their doors, and profanely strolling in the streets on that day, which was too common formerly in the town of Kilsyth. there is a general desire after public ordinances; and whereas before this I never could prevail with the best to attend the preaching of the word upon work days, and therefore could have no stated weekly day for this, they now desire it, and the generality of the people frequent it as regularly as upon the Lord’s day. The worship of God is set up and daily kept up in many families which were known entirely to neglect it aforetime. There are many .societies formed for prayer in the parish, both of old and young, and these not only of persons who have been awakened at this time, but of others. Former feuds and animosities are in a great measure laid aside and forgotten, and this hath been the most peaceable summer amongst our neighbours that was ever known in these bounds. I have heard little or nothing of that pilfering and stealing that was become so frequent and uneasy before this work began. Yea, there have been several instances of restitution, and some of these showing consciences more than ordinarily tender. The change of the ace of our public meetings for worship is visible; there were never such attention and seriousness to be seen in them as now. The change of the lives of the generality to the better is observed by every one who knew the place.