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different even in this world, and certainly will be so in the next. That the rewards of the Gospel are only promised to the good, and the threatenings are only denounced against the wicked, that is, those that are impenitent and will not forsake their sins. Every man must give account of his own actions at the day of judgment, and will be treated accordingly. “Let a man frequently and seriously, by
imagination place himself upon his “ death-bed, and consider what great • joys he shall have for the remembrance “ of every day well spent, and what he “ would give that he had so spent all his
days. He may guess at it by propor“ tions, for it is certain he shall have a “ joyful day and prosperous night who “ hath spent his day holily, and he resigns “ his soul with peace into the hands of
God, who hath lived in the peace of
God, and the works of religion in his “ life time. This consideration is of a “ real event, it is of a thing which will
certainly come to pass. It is appointed “ for all men once to die, and after death
comes judgment, the apprehension of “ which is dreadful, and the presence of “ it intolerable, unless by religion and
sanctity we are disposed for so venera“ ble an appearance."-(Taylor's Guide to Eternal Happiness.)
“ But especially when we come to die, " and must immediately appear before “ this God, and expect to enter into his “ rest, then the difference will plainly
appear; then what a joy will it be to
think, I am going to the place I daily “ conversed in, to the place from whence “ I tasted such frequent delights, to the “ God whom I met in my meditation so “ often. On the contrary, what a terror “ will it be to think, I must die and
I “ know not whither, from a place where “I am acquainted, to a place where I “ have no familiarity or knowledge. It “ is inexpressible horror to a dying man “ to have strange thoughts of God and “ heaven; I am persuaded the neglect of “this duty so commonly makes death “ even to godly men, unwelcome and “ uncomfortable." (Baxter's Saint's Rest.)
On the mercy of God.
Read Psalms 86th, 103rd, 107th, and 108th. --Genesis, 18th chapter, from verse 17th.---Deuteronomy, 4th chapter, from verse 25th to 41st.--Nehemiah, 9th chapter, from verse 6th.Isaiah, 35th and 40th chapters.--Tamentations, 3rd chapter, from verse 22nd to 37th.-St. Matthew, 18th chapter, from verse 21st, and 20th chapter, from verse 30th.--St. Luke, 1st chapter, from verse 68, and the 15th chapter.--St. John, 8th chapter to verse 12th.-Romans, 5th chapter.Ephesians, 2nd chapter, or the following texts :
Exodus, 34th chapter, and 6th verse. And the Lord passed by before him and
proclaimed the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
Daniel, 9th chapter, and 9th verse. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him.
Micah, 7th chapter, and 18th verse. Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage ?, Jie retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 1st St. John, 1st chapter, and 9th
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteous
Numbers, 23rd chapter, 19th verse. God is not a man that he should lie, neither the Son of man, that he should ; repent : hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Deuteronomy 7th chapter, 9th verse. Know therefore, that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him, and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
Remark to the Sick.—That the mercy of God extends over all mankind, and is displayed, in the forgiveness of their sins,—in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,-in the means of grace which he has appointed, --in the hope which he has given us of eternal life,-in the daily provision he makes for our support and comfort,—and in the protection he affords us from the dangers by which we are surrounded. Mercy is the favourite attribute of God, and it is our duty constantly to regard him as merciful to all his works, at the same time remembering that he is just as well as merciful, and that though he will by no means clear the guilty, he displays his mercy most illustriously in giving them time and opportunity to repent, and