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« have been exalted. It is a trial how“ever, that when patiently endured for “the love of God, prepares and qualifies “ the soul for the high state of divine “ contemplation. It may always be con“sidered also as a sign of approaching “ comfort, and to those who suffer it with “ resignation, humility, and faith, is " the uninterrupted felicity of Paradise “ chiefly promised, to him that over“ cometh, saith he, who is the first and 6 the last, will I give lo cat of the tree of • life, which is in the midst of the Para“ dise of God.”-(Thomas a Kempis.)
“ Go now and complain that your life “ is full of anxious care and trouble, that “ every day brings its trial with it, and “ every night its temptation; and much “ you fear that God has withdrawn his “ holy spirit from you, and no longer “ regards you with the watchful eye of a « tender Father, but has given you up “ to uncertain fears, to anguish and “despair in this world, and to ruin
“ inevitable in the next. But when you “ remember, that through all these dan• gers and difficulties Christ has led the
way, that he like you, nay more than “ you, was tempted and exposed, you “ must blush at your complaints, and “ with confusion of face confess, that “you have charged God foolishly, and “ with the holy Psalmist say, it is mine “ own infirmity."-Sherlock.) :
Christ both able and willing to save
Read Psalms 110th, 115th, 116th, and 121st.--Isaiah, 43rd chapter, 44th to verse 9th, and 51st chapter.-Zechariah, 10th chapter, from verse 5th.--St. Matthew, 8th chapter, and 11th chapter from verse 25th.-St. John, 16th chapter, from 23rd verse, or the following texts :
· Malachi, 3rd chapter, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd verses. Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant whom ye delight in, behold he shall come saith the Lord of hosts. But who may be able to abide the day of his coming ? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiners fire, and like fullers sope. And he shall sit as a refiner, and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
Jeremiah, 23rd chapter, 5th and 6th verses. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby
he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Matthew, 11th chapter, and 28th verse. Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.9th chapter, and 6th verse. But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy) arise, take up thy bed and go unto thine house.
Galatians, 1st chapter, 3rd and 4th verses. Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.
Remark to the Sick Person.—That as our Redeemer is God, so he has power to save sinners : and as he is man, he knows all our infirmities and pities them, and is most willing to save us. That he will save us, if we will but come to him with full confidence in his power, and faith in the efficacy of his death and passion, and that none that thus come will be rejected. “ That men are to “ place all their hope and confidence of “ Salvation in Jesus Christ the Son of “ God, that is, that through the alone “ merit of his death and sufferings God “ is reconciled to us, and that only upon “the account of the satisfaction which “ he hath made to divine justice, we are “ restored to the favour of God, and our “ sins are pardoned to us, and we have “ a title to eternal life; not but there are “ conditions on our part to make us “ capable of these benefits. Faith and “ repenlance, and sincere obedience and " holiness of life, without which, we shall “ never be made partakers of them : but " that the Salvation of Christ is the only “ meritorious cause of those blessings.”(Tillotson.)