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moment, on the condescension and benevolence of your Redeemer. Think on what he endured, to put you in possession of pardoning mercy, what provocations he atoned for,-what guilt he cancelled,—and with what tenderness he received you and blessed you. Do you speak of injuries ? Approach his cross : see the Lord of life and glory covered with shame and disgrace,-suffering the death of a slave,--made the victim of ingratitude, envy, malice, and cruelty,-derided by the great,-abused by the populace,-and regarded by all as an object of execration. Is it difficult for you to forgive injuries ? Contemplate him in the midst of this humiliation and anguish, looking around on those monsters who had demanded his crucifixion, and on those who had mocked and smitten him, and on those who had tortured him with the scourge, and on those who had pierced and nailed his limbs to the tree, and on those who were triumphing in his distress and bitter wailings. Instead of calling for legions of angels to avenge his cause,ếinstead of beseeching his Father to pour out the vials of wrath on his inhuman murderers, behold him raise his dying eyes to heaven, and hear him say, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Let these recollections impress your hearts; and, as you retire from the affecting scene of your Redeemer's suffering, imagine that you hear him saying to his followers; “Be ye kind one to another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Matthew, vi. 12.
Lead us not into temptation.
The subject on which we are now entering is, confessedly, of high importance. But the majority of the human race are, indeed, lamentably indifferent to it; they enter on the stage of life, and engage in their respective avocations, without any serious inquiry into the nature of the evils by which they may be assailed. Fixing their eye on some favourite object, and anticipating fresh pleasures at every step, they are unmindful of the snares which are spread around them, and become, at length, the victims of delusion, folly, and shame. With the Christian, however, who earnestly desires to enjoy the Divine approbation, it is far otherwise. He longs to know what dangers may infest his path,-how he shall escape them,-and in what manner he shall conduct himself in the important struggle which he is bound to maintain against his spiritual foes, until the end of life. If any man suppose the heavenly path-way to be covered with flowers, he will be deceived: if he imagine that he shall escape dangers without endeavouring to avoid them, or that he shall obtain the prize of eternal life without contending for it, he will evince a deplorable ignorance both of his own heart, and of the Holy Scriptures. All the commands, prohibitions, and exhortations, of the inspired word, suppose our liableness to evil, and are given to us with the merciful design of awakening us to vigilance and prayer. The Apostle Paul, in reference to this subject, recommends the Ephesians to put on the whole armour of God; and concludes his advice in these words; “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit, watching thereunto with all perseverance.” This direction accords exactly with the petition which we propose to examine in the ensuing discourse ;-a petition, which, if sincerely and constantly offered to