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owing in a considerable measure to this cause. But the sentiments of the Christian in distress are of an opposite kind. He knows that he has sinned greatly against his Creator and sovereign. He knows that he has merited none of the bounties and blessings which he enjoys, but far more than the whole of the severest pains to which he is subjected. He knows that God is both righteous and merciful: that he chastens his servants from no cruel or angry motives, but because it is needful that his government be sustained, and his glory vindicated; because too, chastisement will both contribute to work the reformation of the offender, and to warn him against future sins: he knows that the most favoured of the children of God, have been subjected during their earthly pilgrimage to heavy trials and afflictions; and he knows too, that there is an inheritance of endless and unspeakable felicity prepared for those who patiently endure unto the end ; “ that our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” The true Christian bows humbly under the hand of God. It requires howcver, an exceedingly deep sense of our guilt and demerits, to be really thankful in suffering; because our natural feelings are powerful, and though at another moment we might be willing to acknowledge our true deserts, human infirmity is apt to disturb and shake in the hour of trial, even our most reasonable convictions. The example however, of the blessed Apostle, may well excite us to aspire to a temper of mind, which will render us (through the ever present help of the Holy Spirit,) superior to all the inclemencies of this stormy region. That such a temper is exceedingly to be desired, no Christian certainly will doubt; that it is attainable, the history and writings of St. Paul, even if no other example could be found, might sufficiently assure us. Of such a temper Humility is the first principle; the low but sure foundation on which the whole moral edifice must be erected,
ON THE SACRAMENT OF THE
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was instituted by our Saviour Jesus Christ, just before he laid down his life upon the cross for the sins of all mankind. He commanded his disciples to celebrate this Sacrament through all ages, as a memorial of his love to us, and his sufferings for us, and as a means of obtaining grace and help from God to do his will. It cannot therefore be habitually neglected without great sin, and very imminent danger of losing all the benefits which Christ died to pur. chase for us.
But some are afraid to come to this Sacrament,
: because they think they are unworthy. Whoever lives in the wilful practice of any sin, or habitually neglects Religion, is undoubtedly unworthy; and he had better not approach the table of the Lord. But all such persons should remember, that the sins and negligence which make them unfit to partake of this Sacrament, will, as sure as the word of God is true, at the great day of Judgment bring upon them the wrath of God, and their final condemnation; unless they quickly repent with all their heart, and ask forgiveness in the name of Jesus Christ, and endeavour to do the will of God sincerely. But whoever thus repents with his whole heart, and strives to do the will of God, not only may come safely to this holy Sacrament, but is particularly invited and directed by God so to do, as the means of obtaining his forgiveness, and strength to resist temptation for the time to come. And all who thus with sincerity repent and put their trust in Christ Jesus our Saviour, and endeavour heartily to please God by obeying his laws, will assuredly, when this short life is ended, be made partakers in Heaven of happiness unspeakable and everlasting.
So that in fact the whole difficulty comes to this: are we sincerely endeavouring to learn and to do the will of God; or are we wilfully living in neglect of Hiin? Let every man ask himself honestly this question. He can certainly answer it if he will. If we have repented truly of all our past sins, and are striving with all our hearts to please God,
putting our whole trust in his mercy through Christ Jesus, we are in no danger of partaking unworthily of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. If we have not repented truly of our past sins, and are not endeavouring to serve God with all our hearts, we are right to be afraid of approaching the Sacrament. But then it is of the greatest possible importance, to repent quickly, and change our ways; in the full assurance, that every repenting sinner will be pardoned by God for the sake of Jesus Christ; but that every unrepenting sinner, though he may prosper here for a little time, will undoubtedly perish for ever.
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