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The Command of our Blessed Saviour is plain and express. I Say into you, Love your Enemies.
But because all our hopes of Mercy and Forgiveness from God, do depend upon our Forgiveness of Men, I shall therefore more fully enforce this Du
Our Blessed Saviour exprenly tells us, That no Sacrifice that we can offer, will appease God towards us, so long as we our selves are implacable to Men. If thou bring thy gift to the Altår, and there remembrest'that thy brother hath ought against thee; leave thy gift before the Altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled toʻtly brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matth. 5. 23, 24. Plainly intimating ; Till this Duty of Reconciliation be discharged, God will accept of no Servicė, no Sacrifice at thy hands.
· It concerns us therefore to praetise this Duty, because this peaceable reconciling Frame of Mind, is the very Condition of our Pardon from God.
In the Lord's Prayer, (which is a Pattern and Direction for our Prayers, as well as a Form ;) we are thus directed to Pray; Forgive us our Trespases, as we forgive them that trespass against us. Forgive as we forgive. Which is thus explained and confirmed by our Blessed Saviour. For if ye. forgive men their Trespasses, your heavenly Father, will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their Trespases, neither will your Father forgive your Trespases. Matth. 6. 14,15.
And this is yet further illustrated in the Parable of the Wicked Servant, (Matth. 18.) Who owed his Lord a Debt of Ten Thousand Talents : And being not solvent, a Judgment and Execu
tion was issued out against him. Forasmuch as he had not to pay, his Lord commanded him (accord ing to the Fewish Custom) to be fold, and his wife and Children, and all that heshad, and payment to be made. v. 25. Upon this, the Servant very fubmiffively begs his forbearance gi promifing in some competent time to pay him All. :. .:
And his Lord was so moved with Compassion, that he very freely, forgave him the whole Debt. ' ,illi
15 But he finding one of his fellow-Servants who ow'd him One hundred Pence; though he fell at his Feet and besought him,yet he would not hear him, but Thook him by the Throat, and cast him into Prison.
Then his Lord was wroth, (was much moved at the Uncharitableness of this hard-hearted Wretch) and said, O thou wicked
Servant ! Shouldst note thou have bad Compassion on thy Fellow-forvant, even as I had pity on thee: And he delivered bim to the Tormentors, till he should pay all that was dae unto him. v. 34.
Obferve here in this Parable the sad Fate of an implacable Temper, (and what such Wretches are to texpect. :: ORTE
To those who are of that Number, the Application of this Parable is dreadful. So likewise (saith our Saviour) shall my beavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their Trefpales. V. 35. .. .
So likewise, &c. How is it that he shali do unto you? The foregoing Verse informs you. He delivered him to the Tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. And then present ly adds: So likewise shall my heavenly Father do unto you. That