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3. All those who exercise true re- | Forgive us our debts, as we forkop pentance toward God and become give our debtors?'
the objects of his forgiving grace, 3. Men are not bound to forher at the same time feel good will, 1 give their enemies. This has oftbi or kind, benevolent affection to
en been supposed; and the supand ward their fellow creatures:
position has often troubled the je Feeling thus, they cannot fail to hearts and clouded the hopes of
forgive those who trespass against humble Christians. Men may in#them as soon, and as often, as they deed be bound to forgive those,
profess and manifest sincere re- who have been their enemies; but sul pentaace. Those who will not not those, who continue to be their brother forgive, from the heart, their re- enemies. Those, 'who continue pe penting fellow-men, are selfish, to be their enemies, exhibit no evles revengeful creatures, without love idence of repentance, and are not, bay to God, without repentance for therefore, proper objects of for
sin, without faith in Christ: and giveness. There is no evidenceso, altogether unfit to be forgiven that Christ ever forgave his ene
The following Reflections arise mies, while they continued such. in view of the preceding obser- It is true, he prayed for his murvations,
derers, Father, forgive them, for 1. A forgiving spirit is an ex- they know not what they do; but cellent spirit. It is a benevolent, this prayer implied a petition, that disinterested spirit. It is the God would give them repentance, very spirit of Christ. It assimi- and so fit them for forgiveness; lates men to God. Well did the otherwise the prayer wouid have poet say,
set aside the term of the gospel, "To arr is human, to forgive, divine." Christ loved his enemies with a
2. Between the spirit of Christ, love of benevolence; and so ought and the spirit of the world, there all men. But Christ did not love his is a perfect contrast. The spirit persevering enemies with the love of Christ, which all real Christians of complacence; nor is this the dupossess, is a spirit of forgiveness: ty of men. While we ought ever to but the spirit of the world, is a feel a forgiving spirit, i. e, a bespirit of revenge. Impenitent sin- nevolent spirit, towards all men; ners never exercise forgiveness to- we are required to forgive our ward any of their fellow-creatures, brethren only, when they repent. however humble and penitent.-- 4. It is uncharitable to repreThey may indeed, perform the sent those, as destitute of a forexternal part of forgiveness, which , giving spirit, who do not forgive consists in remitting the penalty all their brethren, Those are to incurred by offenders and discon- be treated as brethren, who are in tinuing that severity with which regular standing in the same it is sometimes proper' to treat church with us.
But there may them: but impenitent sinners nev. be such, who give no evidence of er from the heart, forgive those piety, and never manifest any true who have trespassed against them. repentance for their offences. We They feel enmity towards such, are not bound to forgive such false as have injured and offended them, brethren. Nor are we bound to and are disposed to render evil forgive such as appear to be brethfor evil. None but Christians who ren indeed, except when they aphave learned of Him, who is meek pear penitent, and duly confess
, and lowly of heart, can truly and and forsake their sins. sincerely say the Lord's prayer, 5. It may be wholly the fault of offenders themselves, that they and support such as will not conare not forgiven. There may be fess, or who refuse to pardon the a-want of a forgiving spirit in the penitent; that the commission of church towards those who suitably offences distúrbs, divides, and humble themselves for their of sometimes destroys' a' visible fences. But, when those who church of Christ. have been convicted of offences, 7. Christians may be happy torefuse to acknowledge their faults, gether in heaveu, notwithstanding and manifest do sincere repentance all their dissentions upon earth. for them, they put it out of the Those have become Christians, power of their Christian brethren who' were, previously in a state to forgive them. They have no of the most irreconcilable enmireason to complain of the church, j ty, "hateful, and hating one fur excluding them from their fel- 1 another.". Real Christians somelowship.
times fall out by the way,' and 6. Disorders in the church of for a season, offend one another. Christ, are owing to false brethren.
But, when they arrive at heaven; " It must needs be that offences all, who bave given occasion of come.” But, offences would not offence, will be perfectly penioccasion disorders and divisions tent; and all, who have been inin the churches, if they did not jured, will feel the spirit of forcomprise false brethren. If all | giveness. No former animosities, the members of our churches were therefore, will prevent their perwhat they profess to be; all of- | feet esteem and mutual complafences would be humbly confess
Their hearts will be knit ed, and all offenders cheerfully together in love. Finally. The forgiven. It is because there are
terms of the Gospel are sufficientfalse brethren, who will not con- i ly low. It is only to forgive; and fess their faults, or who justify you shall be forgiven.
From Israel's Advicate. pondence with landholders, and PROCEEDINGS OF THE AMERICAN having visited, in person, certain SOCIETY.
sites offered them, reported, at We congratulate our friends on an extra meeting on the 14th of the information we are now able April last, that in their opinion to communicate, as extracted from the most eligible place which could the following proceedings of our be procured, was a farm, herein Board of Directors. The site for after described, in the town of a settlement is obtained; and the Harrison, in West Chester CounBoard are industriously engaged ty, State of New York, containin arranging the details of the j ing about 400 acres of good land, plan, for conducting it in the most and within three miles of the economical and efficient manner. landing at Saw-Pits; whence an The Land Committee, who de outlet is provided for surplus proserve the thanks of the Board, for ( duce from the farm, and for arthe vigilance, industry, and pa- ticles which may be made by any tience they have exhibited in the of the converts engaged in medischarge of their duties, having chanical operations. earried on an extensive corres- The farm was accordingly ta
* ken on a lease for the term of and simultaneous effort, to obtain
seven years, at the annual rent the means for accomplishing the
of $700. Whereupon a Commit- meliorating the condition of the E tee was appointed to prepare a Jews; an end most desirable in
plan and regulations for the es. itself, and one to which all Christ. tablishment. The Committee of endom should contribute.
ways and means were authorized e forth with to stock the farm, to provide household furniture and
The following is a copy of a letter to the necessary agricultural imple- the Editor of the Western Recorder. ments for the cultivation of the same ; to dispose of the place winter, to the village of Ovid, in
Sir-Being led by business, last hired at Murray Hill, to take immediate measures to procure a
Seneca county, I enquired what
was the state of religion there ; practical farmer, upon the most
and in answer to my enquiries, readvantageous terms, to take
ceived the following statement : charge of the farm, and to super
That there was no revival or specintend all the agricultural concerns of the settlement, subject gregation ; that the meetings sta
ial attention to religion in the conto the regulations of the Board. A resolution was then passed, meetings for public worship, one
leilly attended, were the usual that our Jewish brethren already
or two evening lectures, and a connected with the Society, be
prayer meeting (if I remember informed that we have procured a
correctly) in the course of the i place of settlement for them ;where they are to be supported that these meetings were general
week, and the monthly concert; in habits of industry, at our ex
ly well attended ; that, without pense; and invited to remove to
any uncommon excitement, under it without delay, that they may the use of those means of grace and enter upon the duties assigned the faithful labours of the present them by the Board. Any of them
worthy minister, about fifty perwho do intend to remove to the
sons had been added to the church settlement, were directed to re
within the last two years; and port themselves to Dr. Rowan,
that there had seldom been a peof the Society, and to receive from him directions in the premises.
riod within that time, in which The Board further resolved, iously enquiring, or rejoicing in
some were not known to be anx. That inasmuch as our present hope recently obtained. funds are obviously inadequate to
Iere, then, we have indubitathe accomplishment of the designs of the Society , upon an ex
ble proof of the efficacy of a punctensive scale, application be made
tual and persevering attention to circular to our Auxiliary Societies
the ordinary means of grace. In for additional contributions to
one small church, in the course of wards the preparation of the land
two years, about fifty souls have for settlers, that thus the public
been added to its number ; and confidence in the stability of the
the benign influences of the Holy Society may be preserved, a defi
Spirit have been constantly wit nite object be presented to the
nessed among that favoured peofriends of Jews in America, in ple. Truly may we exclaim, Britain, and on the Continent; * Happy is that people whose God and our agents at home and abroad
is the Lord.” be encouraged to make one grand But while we rejoice in this in
stance of the faithfulness of God to to it; but in my view it is the his promises, how solemnly should more important, inasmuch as it we call upon negligent ministers | furnishes a severe reproof to those and churches to arise and imitate who are looking and waiting for the example of this church, which the operations of the Holy Spirit, has been and still continues to be but at remote periods or with so highly favoured. Surely,church- | long intervals. Son, daughter, es as well as individualChristians, or church, "go work to-day in may be admonished, and exhorted my vineyard," is the language of to be up and doing ; for they can- Christ to his people, individually not reasonably expect to reap, un- and collectively, and His promless they sow. If God so blesses | ise is sure,” and “ His reward is
a constant and faithful attention with him." · to the ordinary means of grace, I hope that this communication
as to add fifty to one small church may prove a " word in season" in the course of two years, what to some individuals and churches. would be the result were all our ! The statement in the first parachurches. equally faithful ? And graph is substantially true; and what excuse can be rendered for it should operate as an incenthose who refuse to “ go and do I tive to the lukewarm and inaclikewise?"
tive to “be followers of those" No account has appeared in the in Ovid “who through faith and papers of the addition to the church | patience inherit the promises." in Ovid, perhaps because the name
H, T. of revival has not been attached
ORDINATIONS, 1824. Ordained at Saxton's Village, as 1825. July 23. Ordained to the wort an Evangelist, Rev. SERENO TAILON. - of the Cbristian Ministry,' at NorthSermon by Rev. Phinehas Cooke, of Stonington, Con. Rev. JosEPRATER, jun. Ackworth, H.
1825. August 17. Ordained, Rev. Lr. 1825. July 6. Ordained, Rev. JOB MAN STRONG, as Pastor of the CongreCusaman, as Pastor of the Congrega. Igational Church, Hebron, Conn. tional Church in Springfield, N. H.
1825. August 25. Ordained, the Rer. 1825. July 6. Ordained. Rev. Fran. SAMUEL H WORCESTER and Rev. ELSAçts NORWOOD, as Pastor of the Congre THAN GRIDLEY, in the city of Boston, as gational Church at Meredeth Bridge Vil Missionaries to the Heathen. Sermon hage, N. H.
by Rev. Leonard Worcester of Vt. from 1825. July 6. Ordained, Rev. LEVI Rom. i. 14. 15. FRENCH, as Pastor of the North Congre 1825. August 31 Ordained, Rer. gational church in New Salem. Ser. Swan L. Pomnor, as Pastor of the 1st. mon by Rev. Josiah W. Carmon, of Gill. Congregational Church, in Bangor, Me.
1825. July 14. Ordained, Rev. Mer. Serion by Rev. Dr. Payson, from Luke, RICK AUGUSTOS Jewett, as an Evangel
XX, 36. ist, at Ashburnham Sermon by Rev. 1825. August 31. Ordained. Rev. George Perkins, of Ashburnham, from William FOWLER, " over the 2nd ConII. Cor. v. 13, 14, 15.
gregational Society, in Greenfield, 1825. July 20. Ordained, Rev. STE- Mass.” Sermon by Rev. Professor PAEN Monse, as Pasior of the Congre- Fitch, of Yale Collège. gational Church in Merrimack, N. H.
Errata.- In the last No. p. 464, 1st column, line 2, after his, insert impartial, universal and disinterested benevolence, is the foundation of bis-p. 467, 2nd column, line 35th, after be with you, insert, and act for you-p.472, 2nd col'umn, line 28th, for prominent, read. primevalp. 475, 2nd column, line 33 for hand, read, order. This was a mistake in the copy.
[The following sermod is less accurate, than the productions of the same able pen usually are. It is evidently a basty production which the writer bad dot leisure to transcribe. But, if the plan comprises more, than there is in the text, it does not comprise tnore, than there is in the Bible; and if the style be plain, it is perspicuous and forcible. The discourse contains too many good thoughts, to be excluded from our pages.]
Whereunto I also labour, striving, according to his working which work
eth in me mightily.
THIS text was introduced by which he wrought in him mightithe apostle Paul, stating his greatly. Neither Paul nor any other and arduous labours in the minis- man, ever had a good desire, or try: The theme of his preaching, performed a good and virtuous acwhich was addressed to the saints, tion, but by the mighty working of was, “ Christ in you, the hope of the Holy Spirit
. *** It'is God who glory”-“Whom we preach, warn-worketh in you, both to will and to ing every man, and teaching every do, of his good pleasure.” man.
Paul in particular, was By this text we find two imporpowerfully excited to labour and tant ideas suggested. strive for the salvation of sinners, I. The promotion of Christ's and the advancement of Christ's cause, in the conversion of adult kingdom. And his success was in sinners, is rarely or never effected, full proportion to his labours and without the arduous labour of his toils. He was, probably, instru- i ministering servants. This is the mental of the salvation of more sin-chief and most powerful means of ners, than any other preacher, since salvation, And the Christian era. But, notwith
II. That all the success of standing all his labour and success, Christ's ministering servants, dethere is a consideration in the text, pends upon the mighty working of which effectually prevents all God, by the agency of the Holy ground of boasting: for all the la- Spirit. bour and striving, in Paul's case, 1. The promotion of Christ's were according to God's working, cause, in the conversion of adult