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FORGIVENESS OF INJURIES.
FORGIVENESS. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.
[Luke, vi. 37. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you : But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(Matth. vi. 14-15, I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abun. dant, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
(1 Tim. i. 13-15. Peter said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times : but, Until seventy times seven. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant there. fore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow.servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not : but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fel. low servants saw what was done, they were very sorry. and came and told unto their tord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due anto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto
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FORGIVENESS. you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
(Matth. xviii, 21, to the end of chapter. Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you; Bless them that curse yon, and pray for them which de. spitefully use you. And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again ; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest : for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condeinn not, and ye shall not be condemned : forgive, and ye shall be for. given : Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.
(Luke, vi. 27-38. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth : but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee; and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy : but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven : FRIENDSHIP-FUTURITY.
31 for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
[Matth. v. 38-47. Bless them which persecute you : bless, and curse not.
(Rom. xii. 14. If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink : For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall re. ward thee.
(Prov. xxv, 21, 22. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
(Rom. xii. 21. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
(1 Thes. v. 15. Forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
(Coloss. iii. 13. And be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
[Ephes. iv. 32. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any : that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not for. give, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive you.
[Mark, xi. 25, 26. FRIENDSHIP. A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
(Prov. xvii. 17. Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go.
(Prov. xxii. 24. When thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, hamble thyself, and make sure thy friend. (Prov. viii. 3.
He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
(Prov. xvii. 9. FUTURITY.
Boast not thyself of to-morrow ; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
(Prov. xxvii, 1.
GLORY TO GOD-GODLINESS, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (1 Cor. ii. 9, 10.
If our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
(2 Cor. v. 1. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. [Luke, xxiii. 43.
GLORY TO GOD. · Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
[Luke, ii. 14. Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Cor. x. 31. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firma. ment sheweth his handy.work.
(Psalm xix. 1. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth 1 who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet; all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Psalm viii. 1-9.
GODLINESS. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sit. teth in the seat of the scornful: But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and pight. And he shall be like a tree planted by the
33 rivers of water, that bringeth forth bis fruit in his sea. son : his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord know. eth the way of the righteous : but the way of the ungodly shall perish,
(Ps. i. 1-6. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge, and my fortress : my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the spare of the fowler, and from the noisome pesti. lence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust : his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruc. tion that wasteth at noon-day. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, nei. ther shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
(Ps. xci, 1-16 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Pon. der the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be esta. blished. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left : remove thy foot from evil.
(Prov. iv, 23-27.