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heart and understanding, accepts the merciful assurance of our justification, through Jesus Christ, attested by his resurrection from the dead, this man will be saved, will receive from the infinite goodness of God, for Christ's sake, all the present blessings bestowed on the true servants of the Son of God, and is entitled to look forward with humble confidence to an everlasting happiness in the world to come. Among these present blessings, comforting, and strengthening and refreshing the soul of the conscious sinner, is the blessing of forgiveness.—“ The blood of Christ cleanseth from all sin.”

He that truly believes in the salvation purchased by the atonement made by our Lord, and in faith seeks God's forgiveness, truly repenting, will undoubtedly, and immediately receive that forgiveness—and may rejoice in it. But observe ; Jesus Christ himself tells us, (Mat. vi. 14, 15.) “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.”—Dreadful to think andto speak, (but still it must be spoken,) the sins of such persons are yet retained. The blood of Christ is poured out in vain for them! Such is the word of God, and we cannot change it; my fears for those who retain a spirit of unforgiveness, are over pouiering. I will sincerely declare to you, that I could not myself pray to God, or ask his pardon for my many transgressions, before I go

to bed at night, with any comfort or with any hope of being heard, unless I were conscious that I did, from my heart, forgive as I ask to be forgiven. Oh! would they who profess and call themselves Christians, but remember, that it is not one or another offence against us, which we are required to forgive, but all, all without distinction, they would not dare to retain offencethey would tremble at adding such a dreadful sin to the number of those for which they seek pardon from Heaven; and—for nothing is more sad than the perverseness and corruption of the heart, unsanctified by the grace of God—let us not be deceived by that paltry reasoning which is sometimes practised. A man says, for instance, “I will forgive you, but I will never have any thing more to say to you.”—He is deceived —he has not forgiven.—Let him ask his own heart whether he could be at ease for one moment if he thought that God would deal so by him! This would at once show the shallow device of inward evil to prevent us from obeying the command of our Saviour. Dearest Madam, forgive this long letter, and believe me, with our united, best, and kindest wishes to your dear circle, your sincere and affectionate servant,

D. SANDFORD.

SERMONS.

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