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by contrition ; perhaps he who has suffered the injury, has in some measure caused it; perhaps, under similar circumstances, he might have inflicted it; he has done as much before to others; he may do as much again ; his transgressions against God are innumerable; he is placed, for a few years, among frail beings, of a mixt and fluctuating nature, himself as frail as they; why judge as he would fear to be judged? why make a life of suffering a life of wrath? why exhibit the spectacle of remorseless insignificance ? these are the considerations which dispose a quiet, and humble mind to the forgiveness of injuries, and increasing benevolence in the world, promote the mild, and merciful purposes of the gospel.
The last characteristic of meekness, which I shall specify, is long suffering, patience for tặe weaknesses, and transgressions of others, as far as wisdom will permit; something opposed to irascibility, and quickness of resentment. And this is not mere facility of temper which prefers any endurance, however great, to any opposition however slight; but a conviction
that forbearance often does more than violence; that men are never more grateful, than when they come afterwards to discover that their errors, and offences have been borne with affectionate patience, from the hope of future amendment. It is from meekness alone, that the most complete, and lasting penitence is produced ; that which proceeds not from the reproaches, and the punishments of others, but from the reproaches which he who has offended makes to himself; that which a bad son feels at the speechless grief of his mother;
an ungrateful friend, at the silent melancholy of his benefactor; or a false disciple at the sight of his master. Thus the fugitive apostle, whom anger might have hardened, was subdued by the meekness of Christ," and Jesus looked upon him, and straightway Peter went out, and wept bitterly.”
Having thus expressed some clear, and definite notions of what meekness is, it shall be my care, on some future occasion, to point out the pleasures which result from
this ornament of a meek, and a quiet spirit, and the expedients which suggest themselves for the subjugation of those passions which are unfriendly to its attainment; for it is ever our duty to promote the fruit of the spirit, which are joy, and peace, and rest; it has pleased God to try us here, with divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death; these we cannot strive with, and when God calls them away,
we must part with children, and we must often bear miserable wants, and sorrows, but these are enough ; let us not pour fresh bitterness into the bitter cup
of life:-A little while and we shall be gone hence, and be no more seen; till then, peace, forgiveness of injuries, and tenderness to the infirmities of man. We may
thus catch a few moments from the inclemency of fate, and open in our hearts those springs of love, and mercy, which will flow on, till they are swallowed up by the grave.