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V. It is not the commission of this or that great sin that will utterly exclude us from God's mercy and forgiveness, for then, indeed, no person could escape damnation, because there is not a just mån upon earth that doeth good and sinneth not.* But it is our living and dying without repentance and amendment, that brings God's wrath and vengeance upon us. And as his mercies are not limited, he will not only pardon us once or twice, but always upon our repentance and return to him. For he excepts against no time, no age, nor season, but whenever the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his foul alive.t Neither is there any sin though never so vile and hei. nous in its own nature, but shall be remitted and forgiven, unless it be that against the Holy Ghost. Therefore,
VI. I am resolved, that my frequent fail. ings shall not discourage me from attempting again and again, till I have gained. my point. I am fully convinced that there is nothing else to do, and that it is absolutely necessary I should resolve again and again, until my refolutions have taken effect, that I may reapgood fruit unto salvation. I
* Eccles. vii. 20. + Ezek. xviii. 27.
John vi. 36. Rom. vi, 22. James iii, 18.
The Hymn for Thursday Morning. The penitent communicant resolves to amend his
' future life. .
U May dwell upon my mind ;
And daily peace I find.
Shall be my sweet employ; .
Thy word is all thy joy.
If thou my heart discharge
And set my feet at large !
Thy statutes and thy name; I'll speak thy words, tho'kings should hear, - Nor yield to sinful Mame. Let bands of perfecutors rise, • To rob me of my right: Let pride and malice forge their lies, • Thy law is my delight.* Depart from me, ye wicked race,
Whose hands and hearts are ill; I love my God, I love his ways, And must obey his will.
. : The * Pfalm cxix. 77, 174.
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The Prayer on Thursday Morning. : For God's blesing on the amendment of our lives. n LORD, who hast made, and dost govern
and preserve all things, I postrate myfelf before thee in an humble adoration of thy incomprehensible majesty, acknowledging that I depend entirely on thee, and render to thee my most hearty thanks, for all the favours and benefits which thou hast so freely and undeservedly conferred upon me. ..
All thy works praise thee, O Lord, and we, the children of men, who have received singular marks and tokens of thy favour, ought more particularly to praise and glorify thy holy name, being made after thy own image, and endued with reasonable and immortal spirits, that we may reflect on thee the author of our being, and imitate thy wisdom, holiness, good. ness, and truth. But above all,
I desire to remember that great demonstration of thy love in giving thy dear Son to live amongst us, to die for us, and thereby to give us, upon the condition of faith and sincere obedience, an assured hope of immortal life, which I fo lately commemorated in the facrament of the Lord's Supper; in which I sealed my love to thee, and renewed the obligation which I have often made of my soul and body to thee.
I wait I wait upon thec still for what thou feeft good for them both; which I hope in thy everlasting mercy to obtain ; humbly beseeching thee to pardon all my forgetfulness of thee; and I moft earnestly implore the grace of thy Holy Spirit, to preserve in my mind a powerful sense of thee, an ardent love to thee, and an holy care to please and obey thee in all things; and to this end I beseech thee give me the same mind and spirit which was in Christ Jefus our Lord; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and the fear of thee; the spirit of meekness, humility, purity, and charity. And,
Grant that I may do thy will with the like chearfulness, zeal, constancy, patience, and perseverance as he did : that so I may for ever bless thy name, O Lord, for all the helps and affistances of thy good fpirit, which thou hast already blessed me withal. -. I acknowledge thee in all my ways; do thou direct my paths,and teach me to manage all my affairs with prudence and discretion ; for thou art my hope and confidence; my satisfaction, and my peace; my glory and my joy. Obe pleased to conduct me by thy good spirit, thro' all the temptations and troubles of this mortal life to that blessed place where our Lord Jesus Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the fame fpirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Meditation for Thursday Evening.
· Upon a lively faith in God's mercy thro' Chrift,
and a quiet conscience.
Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith-For
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,-faith,
I. D EMEMBER, O my foul ! that the
Il Church exhorts us, and tells us in express words, it is requisite that no man should come to the holy Communion but with a full trust in God's mercy, and with a quiet conscience ;* whence we learn, that the benefits of our Saviour's death and passion in this facrament are indeed freely offered unto all, but only effectually to believers, as we read in St. John, as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe in his name.
II. All that Christ hath done and suffered for us men and for our salvation can never profit us, unless we have faith to believe it: that which must render the benefit and blessings of the gospel effectual to our salvation, is our faith in Christ, who himself declares, that whoever heareth his words, and believeth on him that fent him, hath eternal life and shah
not • See the exhortation to the Communion Service.