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Eh. i 8.7oforgive abrother. St.Mat your endeavours, and they!hall not be in vain but bleffed, co. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there anti in the midfl of them. co. For as I am with' every tingle Chriftian, foI will more eminently Wets with the fruits of my pretence, the Aflèmblies of the faithful, be they never fo tuna. N. It is in hatred to Christ's pretence and name, that Satan perfecu- teth fuch meetings. 2 r, Then came Peter to him, and faid, Lord, how oft full my brother fin against nu; and I forgive him ? till feven times ? 21. Peter faid unto him, What if my bro- ther do of en fin to my injury or fcandal, and beoften thus admonifhed ; how oft mutt I for give him ? liven times Teems much. cc. Jefus faith unto him , I fay not unto thee, Until feven times : but until feventy times feven. 22. It is not the number of times, but his true repentance that is to be here regarded : Nate, There are Tome lins that oft committing, will prove that the Repentance is not true. He that thould daily or weekly beat you, Beal, murther, fornicate, and as oft fay, I repeat, is not to be believed, but forfeiteth his credit. Bui he that is but oft angry, or defective in the degrees of fincere duty, maybe believed, if he oft profefs repentance. 23. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain Icing which would take account of his fer- vants. 24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him which ought him ten thoufand talents. zç. But forafmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be fold, and his wife and chil- dren, and all that he had, and pay- ment to be made. ZS', &c. And that you may know on what termsyou mutt lookfor mercy and forgivenefs your felves, I will liken God's government to a King's that would call his Servants to account, - and demandhis der, and make his Debtors know what he might expect of them in j Lift ice. 26. The fervant therefore fell ;down and worfhipped him, laying Lord have patience with me, and .I will pay thee all, 26. The Servant unable to pay, appealed from lattice, and begged mercy, promising to pay when he Mould beable. thew.7'heunkind,, 27. Then the lord ofthat fervant was moved with compaffion, and loafed- him , and forgave him the debt. 27. As he appealed to mercy, he foundmet.. cy, and his Lord forgave him, and feu him free. 28. But the fame fervant went out, and found one ofhis fellow -fervants, which ought him an hundred pence : and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, fay ing,Payme that thouowefl. 29. Andhis t`ellow -fer- vant fell down at his feet, and be- fought him, laying, Have patience with me, and Iwill pay thee all. 3o. And he would not : but went and caft him into prifon, till he fhould pay the debt. 28, &c. He that had received fo much met: cy, ufed his fellow-fervant with unmerciful ri- gour, exabling all his due. 31. So when his fellow-fervants fawwhat was done, they were very lorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32. Then his lord, after that he had called him, Paid unto him, O thou wicked fer- vant, I forgave thee all that debt, be- caufe thoudefiredft me : 33. Should- eft not thoualfo have had compafion on thy fellow -fervant, even as Iliad pity on thee ? 3 t, &u. 1 forgave thee a great debt, and thouldelt not thou forgive a little one? If mer- cy was fo neceltary to thee, why didt not thou thew mercy to thy fellowfervnnt as Idid to thee. 74, And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentours, till he fhould pay all that was due unto him. 3 ç. So likewife Ihall my heavenly Father do alfo unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their tref paffes. 54, 3s. Note, Here its doubted, I. How God is Paid to forgive unmerciful then, 2. And todemand the debt which he hadforgiven/nil tó unpardonit again. ,/njw.Godhathdivers de- grees of forgivenefs. I. Togive the world a pardonof all fin, on condition, of thankful ac- ceptance, isa great degree of forgivenefs, eho it be no actual difcharge till accepted. ^ 'lò fidperd