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15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
“ Here lie I, David Elginbrod,
Have mercy on my sins, Lord God;
15. BUT IF YE FORGIVE NOT.—“I have known a man nurse the tiny cockatrice-egg of unforgiveness till it has burst into the fiery serpent of crime.”-Farrar.
“Forgive and forget. When you bury a mad dog, don't leave his tail above ground.”—Spurgeon's Salt-cellars, p. 175.
“There is no wrong, by any one committed,
But will recoil ;
No skill can foil.
Descend in rain,
It falls again.”
PRAYER OF THE UNFORGIVING MAN.—"Conceive an unforgiving man, with heart full of wrath against his neighbor, with a memory which treasures up the little wrongs and insults and provocations he fancies himself to have received from that neighbor; conceive such a man praying to God Most High to forgive him his debts as he for- : gives his debtors, What, in the mouth of such a man, do these words mean? That you may fully understand their meaning, I will turn them into a prayer, which we will call The Prayer of the Unforgiving Man : 'O God, I have sinned against Thee many times; I have been often forgetful of Thy goodness; I have broken Thy laws; I have committed many secret sins. Deal with me, I beseech Thee, O Lord, even as I deal with my neighbor. He hath not offended me one-hundredth part as much as I have offended Thee, but I cannot forgive him. He has been very ungrateful to me, though not an hundredth part as ungrateful as I have been to Thee, yet I cannot
16. 1 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a A.D. 28. sad countenance : for they disfigure their faces, that they may Summer
SERMON appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have
ON THE their reward.
MOUNT. 17. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash
FASTING. thy face;
18. That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret : and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
overlook such base ingratitude. Deal with me, O Lord, I beseech Thee, as I deal with him. I remember and treasure up every little trifle which shows how ill he has behaved to me. Deal with me, I beseech Thee, O Lord, as I deal with him.' Can anything be more shocking and horrible than such a prayer? Yet this is just the prayer the unforgiving man offers up every time he repeats the Lord's Prayer.”—Archbishop Augustus Hare, in Alton Sermons (condensed).
UNFORGIVING, UNFORGIVEN.—“You say that the desert is a desert because no rain falls upon it; but that is only half the truth. No rain falls upon it because it is a desert. The heated air rushing up from its arid surface disperses the vapors that would descend in rain. Some moisture there must be No Rain on the earth, else there cannot be rain from heaven. So in your heart this forgiving disposition must be, else you cannot rejoice in the fullness of God's forgiving grace. The pardon may wait in the sky above you, but it cannot descend to you until that mind is in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
- Washington Gladden.
in the Desert.
16-18. HYPOCRITES APPEARING TO WORSHIP.-In that charming and instructive book, “ The Cross-Bearer” (Am. Tract Soc.), is a series of twelve pictures representing different
ifferent Worshipping ways of bearing the cross. In one of them the cross- instead of bearer has set up his cross in the ground, crowned it Bearing it. with flowers, and is worshipping it instead of bearing it. So do those who worship fasting, an instrument of the soul's progress, but do not use it for the purpose for which it was made.
FORMAL WORSHIP,-“We have read of a lady missionary in India who, on visiting a certain town, found the place smitten with cholera.
19. | Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal :
20. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal :
She gave to some of the patients a specific for cholera, and ordered further supplies of the medicine for other sufferers. On her return she was delighted, on meeting the chief man of the place, to hear him say, “We have been so much benefitted by your medicine
that we have decided to accept also your God.' To Worshipping prove the reality of what he said, he led her into their Empty Medi. dino Bottles, temple, where she saw the empty bottles arranged in
order on a shelf; and immediately the whole company of natives prostrated themselves upon the floor in worship to the bottles as a god. It is quite possible that very Christian people may sometimes fall into an analogous idolatry. An excessive reverence or admiration for certain formulas of worship, capable of conveying a true blessing when the worship is really in the Spirit, but useless as empty medicine bottles when the Spirit is lacking, may not be so remote in character from the worship of empty bottles.”
-Rev. D. Berger, D.D.
19, 20. THE BANISHED KINGS.--In one of Trench's poems he tells the ancient story of “The Banished Kings ”-how a king, learning that at some time, as yet unknown, he would be banished to islands beyond the horizon of the sea, sent over there treasures, prepared houses and gardens for his future life, till he looked with more joy to the land where his treasures were than to the kingdom which he then enjoyed. So may we lay up treasures in heaven.
TEMPTATION FROM EARTHLY TREASURES.-" There is a story of a high mountain on whose top was a palace filled with all treasures, gold, gems, singing birds—a paradise of pleasure. Up its sides men
and women were climbing to reach the top, but every mbing the one who looked back was turned into stone. And yet Treasure Mountain. thousands of evil spirits were around them, whispering.
shouting, flashing their treasuros, singing love songs to draw their eyes from the treasure at the top and to make them look back, but everyone who looked back was turned into stone. So is everyone who is seeking heavenly treasures tempted by earthly music and sinful joys, but whosoever yields is lost.”
ON THE MOUNT. HEAVENLY TREASURES.
TREASURES OF RELIGION. — “In the 'green
A.D. 28. room'at Dresden, where for centuries the Saxon
Summer, princes have gathered their gems and treasures, SERMON until they have become worth millions of dollars, may be seen a silver egg, a present to one of the Saxon queens, which, when you touch a spring, to opens, and reveals a golden yolk. Within this is hid a chicken, whose wing, being pressed, also flies open, disclosing a splendid gold crown studded with jewels. Another secret spring being touched, hidden in the centre is The Silver
Egg in found a magnificent diamond ring. So the treasures of Dresden religion are not discovered at the first view ; but when laid open are found to be greater than any king ever possessed. Their value will appear greater and greater to all eternity.”
A CHEST OR A MINE.-An Eastern king was showing his treasurechest to the ambassador of the King of Spain, after the discovery of the mines in America. The ambassador put his hand to the bottom of the king's chest, and said, “I can reach the bottom of your treasures; but there is no bottom, no end, to the treasures of my Master.”
ST. THOMAS AND KING GONDOFORUS. “The king would build, so a legend says,
The finest of all fine palaces.
“ He sent for St. Thomas, a builder rare,
And bade him to rear them a wonder fair.
“ The king's great treasure was placed at hand;
And with it the sovereign's one command,
“ • Build well, O builder, so good and great!
And add to the glory of my estate.
“ • Build well, nor spare of my wealth to show
A prouder palace than mortals know.'
“ The king took leave of his kingdom then,
And wandered far from the haunts of men.
“ St. Thomas the king's great treasure spent
In worthier way than his master meant.
“ He clad the naked, the hungry fed,
The oil of gladness around him shed.
“He blessed them all with the ample store,
As never a king's wealth blessed before.
“ The king came back from his journey long,
But found no grace in the happy throng
“ That greeted him now on his slow return
To teach him the lesson he ought to learn.
“The king came back to his well-spent gold ; But no new palace could he behold.
“ In terrible anger he swore, and said
That the builder's folly should cost his head.
“St. Thomas in dungeon dark was cast,
Till the time for his punishment dire was passed.
“ Then it chanced, or the good God willed it so,
That the king's own brother in death lay low.
“When four days dead, as the legend reads, He rose to humanity's life and needs.
“From sleep of the dust he strangely woke,
And thus to his brother the king he spoke:
• • I have been to paradise, O my king!
And have heard the heavenly angels sing.
“ • And there I saw, by the gates of gold,
A palace finer than tongue has told;
«• Its walls and towers were lifted high,
In beautiful grace to the bending sky;
« • Its glories, there in that radiant place,
Shone forth like a smile from the dear Lord's face.