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nothing will make more for peace and quiet, than a disposition not to be quarrelling about every trifle, meeting evil with evil, and injury with injury, and straining every point to make others behave to us to the full of our due. No, my friends, be of more humble tempers: be ready to forgive a wrong, not to return it: be obliging and friendly to each other : let no opportunity pass you of doing a favour and a kindness, and your Saviour will love you and receive you into those happy abodes, where the blessed spirits never quarrel nor contend, where they are happy, happy for ever in themselves, and in his presence who made them. How much you must wish to be Christians indeed, to have so Christian a temper, to have so much of the temper of Heaven. Oh! happy day, when we shall quit this world of toil, of sorrow, and of contention, this sink of misery and sin, and with bodies spiritual and immortal, and souls free from every sin, shall never know what pain of body, or distress of mind are,
and be as good and as happy, as the angels which are in Heaven.
Ye have heard, says our Saviour, that it hath been said, thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. And so perhaps it is still said by them, who are not Christians: love your friends and hate your enemies. But I say unto you, says the blessed Jesus, love your enemies, bless them that curse you,
for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. A hard saying this, perhaps you will say: but yet a true one, I answer, and one which shews that the temper of Christ is formed within us: He died to save his enemies: He prayed for them, who put Him to death. Father, forgive them, he said. You cannot be expected to love your enemies in the same manner as you do your friends : but you can love them in such a way, as will prevent you from doing them any injury, as will make you do them a kindness, when you can: you can love
them in such a way, as to pray for them, to pray that they may have better hearts and better tempers, that they may see the error of their ways, and turn to God, before it be too late for them to be saved. Look to the Almighty Father of us all. Doth he not make his sun to rise on the evil as well as the good? Doth he not send his rains on the just and on the unjust, on the fields of him who serveth him, and of him who serveth bim not? And if ye are kind to your enemies, ye will be the children of your Father, which is in Heaven ; and if ye be his children, he will receive you into Heaven, saying unto you, inherit the kingdom prepared for you and for all repenting mortals, from the beginning of the world. If ye love them, who love you, what do ye more than the savage, who will do the same. But if ye are kind to them who bate you, then ye are Christians, ye are the true followers of Jesus Christ. Be. ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect. Follow
the example of your God and Saviour, be the example of men: let the same mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus, and ye will be the happier for it, when the world and all that is in it shall have passed away.
· And now to God, &c. .
GALATIANS iii. 27. For as many of you as have been baptized
into Christ, have put on Christ.
My friends and hearers, it is my intention to go on, in several lectures one after another, in giving you an account of all that is contained in the gospel of St. Matthew, which is the first book of the New Testament, a most material part of that holy book called the Bible, I have already gone so far as the sixth chapter, and I shall, as I go along, tell you a great deal of our Saviour's life and death, of his sufferings for us and for our salvation, of his crucifixion, resurrection on the third day from the grave, of his being raised up