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Christian Meekness and Forgiveness.

Christian Meekness and Forgiveness.

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BY DANIEL WILSON, M.A.



COLOSSIANS III. 12, 13.

Put ofiy therefor€y as the elect of God, holy and
beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness
of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbeaiing
one another, and forgiving one another ; if any
man have a quarrel against any, even as Christ
forgave you, so also do ye.

BY DANIEL WILSON, M.A.



COLOSSIANS III. 12, 13.

Put ofiy therefor€y as the elect of God, holy and
beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness
of mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbeaiing
one another, and forgiving one another ; if any
man have a quarrel against any, even as Christ
forgave you, so also do ye.

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CHRISTIAN MEEKNESS AND FORGIVENESS.BY DANIEL WILSON, M.A.COLOSSIANS III. 12, 13.Put ofiy therefor€y as the elect of God, holy andbeloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humblenessof mind, meekness, long-suffering, forbeaiingone another, and forgiving one another ; if anyman have a quarrel against any, even as Christforgave you, so also do ye.It is the peculiarity of the Christian faith thatit not only forbids the commission of sin, butenjoins the actual practice of holiness. Othersystems may have attempted to frighten menfrom' vice, this alone teaches them to love obe-dience. Nor is it merely the public and moreheroic virtues which it enforces, but the retiredand loyrly ones also, which were httle regardedby the heathen moralists, much as the hap-piness of mankind depends upon them. Ac-cordingly the Apostle Paul, after he had ex-horted the Colossian converts in the versespreceding the text, to mortify those corruptpassions which were, so to speak, the members of Digitized byGoogleAND FORGIVENESS. , 221
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the old man; proceeds in the words now readto' direct theiB to cultivate the opposite graces.And in doing this^ he proposes, after his usualmanner, those peculiarly Christian motives bywhich alone men can be effectually enabled toperform them. Hence in considering this sub- ject, we must notice,I. The Christian graces or virtues here en- joined by the Apostle.II. The Christian motives by which he en*forces them.We begin by reviewing,I. The christian virtues here enjoined .BY the Apostle.These are in the whole seven — bowels of mercies f kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness,long-suffering, forbearing of one another, andforgiving of one another. They may perhaps,however, be reduced to three heads. Bowels of mercies and kindness may be classed under themore general term compassion. Humbleness of mind, meekness, and long-suffering appear tobe all parts or effects of lowliness of spirit ;whilst the forbearing of one another, and theforgiving of one another, may be consideredunder the topic of forgiveness of injuries.The first class regards our duty to others whoare in misery; the second is designed to lead uson to. the proximate duties arising from the or-Digitized byGoogle
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222 CHRISTIAN M££KN£SSdinaxy obligations and infirmities of life; thethird carries us forward to a right conduct inrespect to persons who are unjust and contume-lious. These several graces are said to be ?vtON, because as garments cover and adorn thebody, so do holy tempers adorn the soul. Thusin other passages of Scripture we are exhortedto be clothed with humility, and to put on theLord Jems Christ; and in the verses whichprecede the text Christians are described asputting off the old man with his deeds, and put-ting on the new man, which is renewed in know-ledge after the image of Him that created him.The Apostle begins with enjoining a tenderCOMPASSION for the miseries and wants of others.We are to put on bowels of mercies, to culti-vate that deep and real sympathy for the cala*mities of our fellow-creatures which kindlesthe whole soul and opens and touches the veryheart. The expression is common in the HolyScriptures, and especially in the Old Testament.It denotes not only the act of relief, but themost tender affection in affording it. The Apo-stle places this first, because it is from hencethat all benevolent actions should flow. Thesympathetic commiseration of Christian Ipve isoften of itself a greater support to the afflictedthan any mere external gift. The objects of this virtue are those who have no helper, as thewidow and the orphan ; and in general the poor.Digitized by
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