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of that woman, who was a sinner, but a , therefore, Oh! does he forgive himself, forgiven sinner, her wounds were made as easily as the world forgives him ?-or to bleed afresh even by the balm which as he thinks in what light such deeds are healed them. Do we remember and are regarded in heaven, in what characters we confounded, and open our mouth they are registered there-as he thinks of no more because of our shame, when the victim of them, at that moment, it we hear that the Lord our God is may be, in the haunts of pollution, it pacified towards us for all that we have may be, in the regions of despair-and done?
with whom, in the day when every secret Ah! and do we, according to the thing shall be brought to light, he may mourning described in the text, do we yet be confronted, and denounced as the mourn apart, as well as in the congrega- author of her destruction-as he thinks tiou? Do we mourn alone and in secret, thus of such deeds of darkness, and then for our sins, as we should do, were any sees a Saviour yet ready to forgive allof our children taken from us? As Joseph a Saviour's grace abounding beyond his , when his heart was full, sought where abounding sin, that his sin, though “red to weep, and he entered into his chamlike scarlet, shall be white as snow," does ber and wept there—as Peter “went he, or does he not " abhor himself and out," when he wept bitterly. If our repent in dust and ashes ?” .sorrow for sin do not go beyond the con- ! Were I to live over again,' do you not fession of it in the church-if our say, converted sinner, ‘were I to live over chainbers know nothing of it—if our again, would I not cut off a right hand, pillows know nothing of it-neither does or pluck out a right eye, rather than sin God. There is nothing real in it. Over- against God as I have done ?' Dear whelming indeed must have been that children, says every child of God in our grief, which burst out, as we read, “0 congregation, were I young as you, while my son Absalom, my son, my son, Absa- | I feel as I now feel, what glory would I not lom! Would to God I had died for hope to give to God, serving him from my thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! Yet youth! Would that I could tear out of David mourned for sin, as he never the book of my remembrance, as my God mourned for Absalom.
has torn out of his, the sins and iniquiLet me ask those of us who, as they ties of my youth! And shall I not, then, look back upon their past life, see the turn to you, who can yet give such glory first pages of it stained, it may be, with to God, who can yet give him the sermany a foul blot, with what feelings, Ivice of your youth ? and will you not? would ask, are those foul blots regarded Dear young friends, will you not give to by them? Is it according to a phrase, the God who so loved you the blossom which makes one shudder as one hears it, of life rather than the dregs, rather than it makes so light of what God regards the leavings of youthful lusts? If sorrow with such abhorrence-is it as though could enter heaven, if a sigh could be that had been the time for “sowing your heaved there, if a tear could roll down wild oats;' or as any instance of early | the cheek of a saint in light, it would be profligacy starts into your mind, do you for the time spent in forgetfulness of « abhor yourself, and repent in dust and God, which might have been spent to ashes ?”
his glory. Suppose a man, in retracing the past, It may be that as you lay upon a bed to call up acts of former years, such as of sickness, you felt sorrow for your past to have created the necessity for this and sins. But have you now a proof of its similar institutions. Does he then, as he genuineness, in your abstaining from the looks back upon such passages in his the things, in which you were then sorry history, regard them with the indulgent you had allowed yourself, and in praceye with which the world regards them ? tising the duties which you were then Because the wreck of female innocence sorry you had neglected ? or are your does not forfeit for a man his place in former habits again indulged ? are former the world's society, nor though the bonds neglects repeated ? If it be so, those of wedlock were no restraint upon him, tears of sickness they were not the tears, because he does not thus subject himself, which God puts into his bottle. Thes in the circle in which he moves, to the were but as the water, with which the sow frown of man, nor of woman, does he was washed, which, because there is no change of nature, returns to her wallow- , would inflame bad passions, provoke evil ing in the mire.
tempers, give a tone of levity to the conAm I addressing any in affliction ? versation, or give birth to uncharitable And in what congregation should we not surmises, to uncharitable observations be addressing such ? Dear sufferers, the | upon others—that there be nothing in our Lord comfort you, as he comforts those, habits and practices, which would be the who are thus brought to mourn for their occasion of sin to others. A large prosins;—for those sins, without which, afflic- prietor of omnibus coaches in London, tion would be unknown in our world. as soon as he became a Christian, though
And how often does the Lord in his it was at a considerable pecuniary loss, mercy make sorrow such as yours a step-would no longer let any of his coaches, ping-stone to that sorrow, which leaves run upon the Lord's day. He could not behind it the peaceable fruits of right- go himself with his family to Church, eousness, in those who are exercised with any satisfaction, while he felt himthereby. Take one instance out of a self to be accessary in any manner to the thousand, and such a one I would chuse profanation of the Sabbath by others, as that the greatest sinner should not have What should we have thought of those at to say, it does not apply to me. We read | Ephesus, who made the silver shrines for in the 33rd Chap. of II. Chron. that when the goddess Diana, if after their conversion, one, whose sins had been of a scarlet dye for the sake of the gain, they had continued truly, that “ when he was in affliction, he the manufacture of idolatrous shrines. besought the Lord his God, and humbled It was thought worthy of insertion in the himself greatly before the God of his history of the Apostolic Church, that fathers. And prayed unto him: and he many in that city, who were making their was entreated of him, and heard his sup- fortune by the practice of curious arts, as plication, and brought him again to Jeru- soon as they embraced Christianity, brought salem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh their magic books together and burned knew that the Lord he was God.” them before all men. Perhaps you did not
The Lord grant, it may be good for know, children, that there is an account of you also to be in trouble, by its making a bon fire in the Bible-a bon fire, made you to be in trouble for your sins.
of a collection of wicked books, and which My brethren, do we indeed mourn for were valued at fifty thousand pieces of sin? How careful we shall then be, to silver; and will we make no like sacraavoid every thing that would be a temp- fices ? or is conscience satisfied, that we tation to us to commit sin—not to go into have none such to make ? I know an company that would be dangerous to us, Inn-keeper in England, who when he not to frequent places of amusement in succeeded his father in the business, found which we might have reason to apprehend a piece of cricket-ground attached to the danger-not to expose ourselves, where Inn, and which was the source of its chief the world has it all its own way; not to profits. But as it was also a source of read books, which though we may think much sin, upon the occasion of the they would not shake our principles, cricket matches that were played upon it, night yet leave a stain upon our imagi- he had no hesitation, however great the nations. We shall “ hate the very gar- sacrifice, in putting away the stumblingment spotted with the flesh.” The admo- block, in parting with the cricket ground. nition to the Corinthians—“Wherefore, Nay, if we be in any sympathy with him, come out from among them, and be ye who, if his eating meat, as he said, from separate, saith the Lord, and touch not any misconstruction of it, from any bad the unclean thing; and I will receive use that might be made of his allowing you; and will be a father unto you, and himself his Christian liberty, should be 10 ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith others the occasion of sin, he would not the Lord Almighty,” will be ringing in put another morsel of meat into his mouth our ears continually.
as long as the world lasted ; if we have And shall we not then be all eyes and any feeling in common with Paul, we watchfulness, that there be nothing about shall be ready to give up, what is as lawful us, which would be the occasion of sin to as the use of meat, rather than be to others others--that no words escape from our the occasion of sin. lips, which would be as sparks upon the Nor is it only watchful we shall be not tinder of corrupt human nature, that to draw others into sin, but shall we not
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so of like concern. of Ethiopia returned from where he had thee, O Absal melius, while as yet been to worship—or if you go in company, David mouwjobdiscover such soli- it will be as the disciples on the road to mourned fra
men and neighbours | Emmaus, talking together of all that you Let me his
that they also might have heard, not of the world and the
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we show no like solicitude, hearts burning within you, as did theirs. ma Bolives and
and friends and neigh- The Sabbath meal will be indeed relatie real mourning for sin, “seasoned with salt.” Fathers and mothers
itself a security, for abund. will be asking their children as they sit of love, in behalf of those who round the table, to tell them something
their sins. It would of itself of what had been taught them, or of what while we think of the ravages it may be, they have taught themselves, in has made and is still making, and will be going over together with orld over, more than a nominal them what they heard from the pulpit. ost, in the labours of those societies, And those who tasted that the Lord was ch bave for their object--to “turn gracious in the morning, will desire again
from darkness to light—from the to hear his word, and to join in his worwer of Satan to God." In every such ship again in the evening. And what a Pitempt in behalf of our own sinful land, week will follow, while the blessing of ve shall warmly participate and co-ope- such a Sabbath rests upon it; while those rate. We shall hear a cry from Conti. who thus worshipped God on the Sabbath, nental Europe, “Come over and help would show forth his praise during the us.” We shall not be content to leave week! And will you not then be in the heathen in their foul idolatory. We prayer for us? In prayer, that the word shall not be unmoved by the abject degra- which you hear from us, may be with dation of the Jew. We shall be more power, that it may break down the strong than nominal supporters of the several holds of sin—Ah, and that it may come Christian associations, which would spread with power to those for whom this asylum the everlasting Gospel to every nation has been provided, that they find rest for and kindred, and tongue and people. the soul, as well as for the body in it. I We shall not be insensible to the would ask for the prayers of the youngest cries from abodes of misery and dark- of the congregation. It is in this way, if ness in the midst of us, to the cries in any, out of the mouths of babes and
1R GOSPEL PREACHER.
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there may come strength evil, and holy sensibility to the dishonour vhich may make you and us of God, which made the soul of Jesus so Lord, and in the power of vulnerable, in this sinful and adulterous
generation, which made the reproaches of minister told me lately, those who reproached God fall, with such aming, as he said it a weight upon him! If he was “a man ch prayer to his con of sorrows and acquainted with grief," met in numerous it was his acute sense of sin that pointed n of it--that he all his sorrows. He bore our sins in his
into his pulpit, body on the tree, his soul was pierced by ng up to the them, his life long. To have fellowship hat minister in the sufferings of Jesus, he must give us
of his own sensibility to sin, or we cannot I of all drink of the cup which he drank of.. "ppli. Oh! and that He may give us of it, till
even as He was, so may we be in this world.
Yet, before I proceed to what is now before us, I would present a considera
tion, of which every one will admit the our litur. force, of which indeed, you were reminduns of form. ed, my brethren, at the beginning, that
to hear us, good blessed “ are they who so mourn, for that said as if we desired to be they shall be comforted.” Why is it for .aere will be some heart in the us thus to mourn, do we ask? It is, that curs which we profess to offer up for our mourning may be turned into joyour Queen and those in authority over us, that we may put off our sackcloth, and be that the throne may be established in girded with gladness, that the bones which righteousness, that it may be surrounded were thus broken may rejoice. It is, that with men fearing God, that our magis becoming sensible of the load which there trates may maintain truth, as well as is upon us, we may seek the relief which execute justice, that sin may be frowned there is for us from it--that feeling ourupon in high places, and true religion | | selves to be heavy-laden, we may gasp bless the land.
after the rest which is provided for the Oh! for more of mourning for the sins heavy-laden—that we may cry with which defile the land, and which are mourning Hezekiah, “I am oppressed, sending up such a cry to heaven for undertake for me.” It is, according to judgment upon it-for which we deserve, those words in the 6th chapter of Hosea, not only a plague of waters, and that fa- | that he who has torn may heal us, that mine should stalk through the length and he who has smitten may bind up the breadth of it, but that all God's four sore | wound, that “ his goings forth may be as judgments should come at once upon our the morning”—as a bright morning guilty, guilty country,
breaking upon us after a tempestuous Ah ! and you who are real christians, night, “that he may come unto us as the real mourners in Zion, yet let me ask you, rain,”-as the refreshing rain, after a seawhether you be such mourners as you son of scorching heat, and exhausting would be even for your own sins ? drought Have you never a consciousness, that it is In a word, our Lord would have us to not so much “against thee, against thee / mourn for sin, that we may be prepared only have I sinned,” that has distressed for hearing from him, “ be of good cheer, you, as that the sin has disturbed your thy sins are forgiven thee.” peace of mind, and perhaps your domes Ah! and in the mourning itself, is tic peace, or has involved other painful | there mourning only? Is there no star consequences ? Let us look upon Him in the night? But does not the sun whom we pierced, till what wrings our shine upon the dark cloud ? There is a heart be, that we should have sinned | rainbow in such mourning. The coveagainst Him-till what barbs our sorrow nant of God is in it, that the days of our with its poignancy be, that we should , mourning shall be ended. have sinned against such a God and Why is it for us, do we ask, thus to Saviour.
mourn? It is that in a little while, we Oh! for more of the abhorrence of I may have sunshine without any cloud
also do what in us lies to draw others out of those for whom there is no hope, but of sin ? We shall not be unconcerned through the outstretched arms of an instiabout the spiritual welfare of an indivi- tution like this. dua! under our roof. I was not more | And will you not then be in prayer, for struck with any thing in the life of Henry those who have received the commission
Venn, than when upon one occasion he to preach the Gospel, that Gospel which overheard a violent quarrel in his kitchen would bless every man ju turning him from between his servants, he was as much his iniquity ? You will be in prayer for us affected by it, as is some great calamity your ministers, that we may not run in had befallen himself. After speaking to vain, nor labour in vain; that as ambasthem in the most serious manner upon sadors for Christ, we may deliver our their sinful conduct, he told them, that message faithfully, that we may deliver family prayer, while such tempers were our own souls as well as yours; that while allowed, would be a mockery; that they we have the treasure in earthen vessels, it must all humble themselves before God may yet come in its purity, and in all its in private, before he could allow them love, to you. At this moment you are in again to meet together for social worship. prayer, that the message which one of Accordingly family prayer was disconti- those honored ambassadors is attempting nued for a week, during which his own to deliver, may not be as water spilt upon deportment bespoke the deepest concern the ground. My brethren, with what and humiliation, and two days of the week expectations shall we not be able to he spent alone in his study, in fasting and address you, if there be such prayer for prayer. This was something of the us, united, fervent, persevering prayermourning of a family apart, and of its if you be to us, what Aaron and Hur several members apart. But our own were to Moses ! Ob! then-many a domestic circle will be the first only, round one, on leaving Church, will go home in which wider and wider circles will form the state of mind, in which the Eunuch themselves, as the objects of like concern. of Ethiopia returned from where he had Did the centurion Cornelius, while as yet been to worship-or if you go in company, he knew not Christ, discover such soli- it will be as the disciples on the road to citude for his kinsmen and neighbours Emmaus, talking together of all that you and near friends, that they also might have heard, not of the world and the hear the words whereby they might be things of the world, and perhaps your saved, and shall we show no like solicitude, hearts burning within you, as did theirs. for our relatives and friends and neigh- The Sabbath meal will be indeed bours? Yes, real mourning for sin, “seasoned with salt.” Fathers and mothers would be of itself a security, for abund. will be asking their children as they sit ant labours of love, in behalf of those who | round the table, to tell them something are yet in their sins. It would of itself of what had been taught them, or of what secure, while we think of the ravages it may be, they have taught themselves, which sin has made and is still making, and will be going over together with the world over, more than a nominal them what they heard from the pulpit. interest, in the labours of those societies, And those who tasted that the Lord was which have for their object-to “turn gracious in the morning, will desire again men from darkness to light-from the to hear his word, and to join in his worpower of Satan to God." In every such ship again in the evening. And what a attempt in behalf of our own sinful land, week will follow, while the blessing of we shall warmly participate and co-ope- such a Sabbath rests upon it; while those rate. We shall hear a cry from Conti- who thus worshipped God on the Sabbath, nental Europe, “Come over and help would show forth his praise during the us.” We shall not be content to leave week! And will you not then be in the heathen in their foul idolatory. We prayer for us? In prayer, that the word shall not be unmoved by the abject degra- which you hear from us, may be with dation of the Jew. We shall be more power, that it may break down the strong than nominal supporters of the several holds of sin-Ah, and that it may come Christian associations, which would spread with power to those for whom this asylum the everlasting Gospel to every nation has been provided, that they find rest for and kindred, and tongue and people. J the soul, as well as for the body in it. I We shall not be insensible to the would ask for the prayers of the youngest cries from abodes of misery and dark of the congregation. It is in this way, if ness in the midst of us, to the cries | in any, out of the mouths of babes and