ordinances. Godly sorrow for sin, which, in contrast with the world's sorrow, hates sin, not only for its impending punishment, but because it is abhorrent to God's holiness, and true faith in His might and His love: detesting sin itself, like Peter; not fearing only its curse, like Judas — feeling that it must be got rid of — that it is a burden too heavy for us to bear-grievous and intolerable : this is true lowliness. The odious stain must be removed ; and that can only be done in the one fountain for sin and uncleanness. This is the state of soul which God approves—which Christ will bless. Therefore, as sin must be removed, both for the sinner's peace and for his safety, and as there is only one way to get it blotted out, true wisdom will bid the repentant soul rest no longer content, without personally testing the truth of Christ's promises and power. Trembling, it may be, but still trusting, he


will be found where Jesus is; and, although crowding multitudes may throng Him, He will at once discern the lowly applicant's touch. The word of pardon, and the reality of pardon, will go forth forth from His gracious lips. “ Thy faith hath saved thee, go in peace,” will sound like the music of heaven on the restored one's ear; and he will depart rejoicing in the Lord, and in the power of His great salvation, convinced by happy experience of the truth of that gracious declaration,—“Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wife cast out.”



(Good Friday.)

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them : for

they know not what they do. Luke,

xxiii. 34.

THIS is the first of the seven sayings uttered by our blessed Lord on the cross. May He, from whose divine lips it came, bless the confideration of it to our instruction in true doctrine, and cause it to be effectual in influencing our conduct. We shall notice,

ist, The prayer itself.

2d, The circumstances under which uttered.

3d, Draw fome practical inferences from it.

ist. The prayer itself is a remarkable exhibition of the divine and holy nature of Jesus. It is well said that times of sorrow and suffering prove what is in our hearts. It is not difficult for mortals to maintain and exhibit an appearance of goodness while all is smooth and prosperous in our course, and when our bark glides peaceably along an unruffled current. But when a storm of sorrow arises—when opposing waves toss us mercileflly up and down, and make our spirits stagger like the steps of a drunkard

- then the true nature of our inmost soul is developed, and often the unknown

caverns and dark recesses of the heart fend forth, unbidden and unbridled, a host of pent-up evil thoughts, which neither we nor our dearest intimates imagined to have found asylum there. Well for us if, by God's grace, they are not only aroused, but forcibly expelled, and every bolt and bar employed to prevent their return. Well and happy for us if, evil spirits being dislodged, the holy, sanctifying, cleansing, humbling, Spirit of our God should take full possession of the vacated chambers, and so bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ as to mould us into new creatures in Christ Jesus. To this end, how instructive to us should be the spirit exhibited by our divine Example in the hours of His agony and under the outrages of His foes!

One of the most unequivocal signs of inward holiness is to love those who de

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