- that we are indigent when we might have been rich in faith—that we are such dwarfs when we might have been spiritual giants. We have not, because we ask not, or because we ask amiss ; and we certainly ask amiss if we ask in that spirit of coldness and indifference which is so common.

But to earnestness we must add perseverance. The question is asked concerning certain formalists, - " Will

66 they always call upon God?"- a question which implies that their zeal and importunity will soon pass away. It is not sufficient for us to be anxious and earnest for a time, but we must hold on until we obtain the blessing. Our fervour must not be like a mere blaze of straw; it should rather resemble the sacred flame on the Jewish altar, which, kindled by the breath of heaven, never went out. O reader! beware of restraining prayer before God; but seek, in giving thyself to this sacred exercise, to do so with importunity on the one hand, and with perseverance on the other.

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18TH Day. “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your

Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.”—Mark xi. 26. Putnal

The expression, "an un

forgiving Christian," is Forgiveness. little less than a contradiction in terms. We might almost as well speak of a wise fool, an honest thief, a chaste harlot, a sober drunkard ! And yet there are those who bear the name of the meek and loving Jesus, who live in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

65 Ah !” said a shrewd Indian on one occasion, English gentleman's book be very good; but English gentleman be not so good as English gentleman's book.” And the testimony is true.

It is so concerning many particulars, but especially as regards the spirit to which we are now adverting. In reference to the forgiveness and brotherly kindness we ought to cherish, the love, and peace, and lyrmony we ought to pursue, Enr



lish Christian's book is good indeed ; its goodness in that one department loudly proclaims its heavenly origin, for where besides are such precepts to be found ? Let the treasures of classic lore be searched, the ethics of pagan sages be ransacked, and can any thing worthy of being named the same day be produced from such sources ? But while English Christian's book is thus good, let English Christian take shame to himself that he and his book are so unlike each other. The pages of the one full of love, but how frequently is the other characterized by hatred, inalice, and all uncharitableness ! Now, what are we to think of such ? Not merely does “ like love like,” but like produces like.“ Can a fig-tree bear olive berries ? either a vine figs?” The gospel is compared by the apostle to a mould: addressing the Romans he says, “ Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you," or into which you were delivered. But when there is in the


one nothing answering, or, at best, but little answering to the other, there is much room for suspecting that the religion of such persons is vain.

Reader! cultivate the important and lovely grace of brotherly forgiveness. No duty is urged more clearly and repeatedly; it is a subject on which we have line upon line, precept upon precept. In the beautiful form of prayer which the Saviour gave His disciples, they were taught to say, “ Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors' à petition which He enforced by adding, “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.”

“Put on, therefore,” says the apostle, “humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do

In extending forgiveness to our


fellow-creatures, and especially to our fellow-Christians, we should seek to do it after the divine pattern. “ I, even 1, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." We are here shewn that God not merely forgives but forgets, and we are required to do the one as well as the other. Let, then, all animosity be buried, and let no tombstone be erected to mark the place of its interment, and serve as a memorial to keep it fresh in mind. Above the grave in which God has laid the sins of His people, no such remembrancer can be put up; for what says the prophet ? • He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities, and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." They are buried in the fathomless ocean, and thus, if sought for, can never be found.

Be therefore followers of God, as dear children;" yea, " Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”



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