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agitation, will diffuse itself through the whole heart and man. But when the fragrant name of Jesus is poured out upon the heart —when it knows its own sin, and knows something of the free grace of atonement in the Lord—when it feels that the Saviour hath spoken pardon to it; and, instead of the curse due to sin, hath blessed it with a title to glory, in the righteousness of God, it should not only pardon every injury, but pray for the inflicter of it. Be much in intercession then, for those who “ know not what they do ?” from whose spiritual view Christ Jesus is deeply shrouded by ignorance, by the love of sin and by unbelief. Plead their cause with God. They know not what they do. And, as, when the Saviour's agony was the heaviest, He sought the salvation of his enemies ; so, when the dishonour which sinners may now do to Him presses most painfully upon your hearts, or their opposition to you, as followers of the persecuted Lamb of God is most active, then

of grace.

bring them on your hearts before the throne

Take advantage of the open door,-opened into the holiest, by the blood of Christ : and leave not the throne, until you have laid their case before the Father, and earnestly besought the Spirit to apply the blood of sprinkling to their souls. Abound in this duty. “Be ye kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ's sake, hath forgiven you.” You cannot pray for yourselves, as you ought, if you pray only for yourselves. And what you pray, that God would do in them, endeavour, in your measure, to do for them, by labouring to bring them, in faith, to the cross, as God may give your work of love acceptance in their hearts. "Be not overcome of evil; but overcome evil with good.”

SERMON II.

THE DYING REDEEMER'S TENDERNESS

FOR HIS MOTHER.

JOHN XIX. 25–27.

NOW THERE STOOD BY THE CROSS OF JESUS, HIS MOTHER, AND HIS MOTHER'S SISTER, MARY THE WIFE OF CLEOPHAS, AND MARY MAGDALENE. WHEN JESUS THEREFORE SAW HIS MOTHER AND THE DISCIPLE STANDING BY, WHOM HE LOVED, HE SAITH UNTO HIS MOTHER, WOMAN, BEHOLD THY SON! THEN SAITH HE TO THE DISCIPLE, BEHOLD THY MOTHER ! AND FROM THAT HOUR THAT DISCIPLE TOOK HER UNTO HIS OWN HOME.

It has become a proverb, which the experience of all ages, and all circumstances in the history of fallen man, has tended to verify, that acute and aggravated sorrow, instead of diminishing, confirms and increases the natural selfishness of the human heart. The more intense the sufferings endured may be, the more strongly and obstinately does the sufferer enwrap himself in his own afflictions

; and turn away from all kindly sympathy with the calamities, which others around him may endure. It is a manifestation of divine grace, and a triumph of God's new-creating Spirit over the old man of sin, which is corrupt, according to the deceitful lusts, when one who is himself labouring under the visitations of trial and trouble, is enabled to

rejoice with them that do rejoice, and to weep with them that weep.”

In this respect, as in all others, He who hath left us an example that we should follow his steps, deserves the imitation of his disciples.

His word has told us, that He is love : and the exhibition of it, by Himself, was perfect love,—the love which fills all heaven, and all the blessed, who dwell there.

Amidst all the agonies of Gethsemane, when his sweat was,

as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground, He could so accurately view the danger of his sleeping disciples, as to beseech them to watch and pray, lest they entered into temptation. Even on the cross itself, notwithstanding the anguish with which his body was racked, and all the weight of sin that pressed down his soul, as the infinite justice of God required its atonement at his hands, we find Him able to enter deeply, and minutely into the miseries and wants of others. They who pailed Him to the cross, had invoked his blood upon themselves, and upon their children. Unless the guilt thus madly called down, were cleansed through his atonement, applied by faith to their souls, they would irrecoverably and for ever perish, beneath the wrath of God. Their want was therefore most urgent, their misery extreme: and his gracious interference on their behalf, unimaginably im

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