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Mercy and Obligation

Mercy and Obligation

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BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.


"I forgave thee all that debt; oughtest thou not
therefore to have had compassion on thy fellow-servant,
as I had compassion on thee?"

Matt, xviii. 32-3.
BY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d.


"I forgave thee all that debt; oughtest thou not
therefore to have had compassion on thy fellow-servant,
as I had compassion on thee?"

Matt, xviii. 32-3.

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MERCY AD OBLIGATIOBY Rev. J. H. JOWETT, d.d."I forgave thee all that debt; oughtest thou nottherefore to have had compassion on thy fellow-servant,as I had compassion on thee?"Matt, xviii. 32-3.Here is a man who has received a greatmercy, and while he is rejoicing in his ownfreedom he goes forth to oppress his fellow-man. He is false to his own experience.He is a traitor to his own deliverer. Heutterly fails to read the significance of hisown life. It was the hope and purpose of his master that, having been released fromhis own burden, he would hasten away torelease his brother. The spacious joy of freedom ought to have made him an apostleof liberty. The sunny cheeriness of his ownnew day should make him a mountain-heraldof glad tidings to all who may be still in thegloom. He had become a child of privilege,and he ought to be inspired with a sacred5152 THE FRIED O THE ROADsense of obligation. That is the broad andcertain teaching of the Lord — we are totranslate our mercies into obligations. Weare to look into our favours and search forsuggestions of our duties. We are to care-fully count our blessings and then regard
 
them all as the interpreters of our divinecommissions. We are to do to others as thegracious Lord has done to us. There is an' ' ought ' ' in every mercy. There is a duty inevery bounty.Well, that opens out one clear road of moral obligation. If we are to find ourduties among our mercies, it is necessarythat we tread the somewhat forgotten roadof divine providence. We must rummageamong our negligences. We must make aninventory of our favours. We must noticewhere a lamp was lit for us at a dark turningof the way. We must call to mind the sweetwaters of the spring which we found by thefoot of the hill. We must re-cross the once-while wilderness which so startlingly beganto blossom like the rose. We must rememberthe lilies of peace that were given to us inthe valley of humiliation. We must go back and listen to the angel of consolation whoMERCY AD OBLIGATIO 53brought us bread and wine when we werefainting by a newly made grave. We mustreturn to that momentous hour when ourheaviest burden rolled away at the foot of the Cross and we saw it no more. "We mustcall our memory to awake, and we must com-mand it to display the treasures which wehave received at the hands of the Lord."The Lord's dealings with George Muller!"Such was the way in which that great loverof men used to record the love-gifts of his*God. And we, too, must rehearse His deal-ings with ourselves, and when we have sur-

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