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thians, 4th chapter, 17th and 18th verses. For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh out for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen : for the things which are seen are temporal ; but the things which are not seen are eternal.—5th chapter, 1st and 2nd verses.
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we grone earnestly, desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven.
St. Paul's 2nd Epistle to Timothy, 2nd chapter, 11th and 12th verses. It is a faithful saying, for if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us.
Remark to the Sick Person. That God in the midst of judgment remembers
mercy (and instance his saving Noah from the flood, and Lot from the overthrow of the cities of the plain) and that the severest of his afflictions are attended with some advantages. Sickness gives us time for reflection, repentance, and resolutions of amendment. It ought to raise our thoughts to the cause of all human sorrow in the disobedience of man, and to consider our sins as the cause of our sufferings. That in all our sufferings God is our help and comfort, and that as Christ healed the sick who believed in him, so he will relieve those who submit to his will, either by removing their sickness, or by taking them to himself, that where he is, they may be also.
Christ the Sinner's Refuge.
Collect for the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity Read Psalms 2nd, 16th, 62nd, and 118th.-Numbers, 21st chapter, from verse 6 to 10th.—Job, 13th chapter, from 15th verse, and 19th chapter, from 23rd verse.--Isaiah, 26th, 43rd, and 51st chapters.-St. Matthew, 8th chapter, to 18th verse.—St. John, 10th chapter to 19th verse, and 14th and 15th chapters. St. Luke, 7th chapter, from 37th verse, or the following texts :
Isaiah, 53rd chapter, 4th, 5th, and 6th verses. Surely he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities : the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Galatians, 3rd chapter, 13th verse. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us, Acts, 3rd chapter, 19th verse. --Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Acts, 5th chapter, 31st verse.-Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance unto Israel and forgiveness of sins.
Acts, 17th chapter, 30th verse.-And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth he all men every where to repent.
Remark to the Sick Person. That on account of the sins which we constantly commit, we have all need of repentance, and do not deserve the notice and protection of God. That without sincere repentance for what we have done amiss we cannot expect pardon. That repentance is not only being sorry for our sins, but stedfastly resolving to forsake and lead a new life, avoiding every thing that would lead us back to our former sins, and constantly doing those things which God approves, and requires from 11s. We must pray that our sins may not be reserved for punishment in another world, but that God would be pleased to accept of our repentance, and to wash them out by the blood of his dear Son who died for sinners, That every man should say • I cannot undo what was done, and I “ perish if God hath appointed no reme
dy, if there be no remission :—but then my religion falls together with my
hope, and God's word fails as well as I, “ but I believe the article of forgiveness of “ Sins, and if there be any such thing I
may do well, for I have, and do, and will “ do that which all good men call Repen« tance ; that is, I will be humbled before “ God, and mourn for my sin, and for ever “ ask forgiveness, and judge myself, and “ leave it with haste, and mortify it with
diligence, and watch against it carefully.-(Taylor's Holy Dying.)