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Mercy of God

Mercy of God

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY HAWKINS

PSALM CXXX. 4.

There is mercy with thee, therefore shalt thou
be feared.
BY HENRY HAWKINS

PSALM CXXX. 4.

There is mercy with thee, therefore shalt thou
be feared.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 18, 2014
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MERCY OF GODBY HENRY HAWKINS
PSALM CXXX. 4. There is mercy with thee, therefore shalt thou be feared. Unprejudiced observation with regard to ourselves, would convince us that we act with the best effect when least violent in our proceedings; and observation of any sort, with regard to our neighbour, shows lis daily, that he acts with the greatest wisdom, who, keeping feelings and judg-ment apart, suffers a just moderation to regulate his endeavours. Both cases prove that vehemence is a tone of even worldly conduct, to be cautiously admitted, whether in our dealings with others or the prosecu-tion of our own interests. It might, were not the fact contradicted by experience, le supposed that the hasty
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man would be the man of the greatest dis-patch, the covetous man be the soonest rich, and the man the most prone to anger the most implicitly obeyed; but though b5 10 SERMONET IT. this may be true in some few single in-stances, the exceptions preponderate and may be said to form the rule ; for we see hasty people perpetually obliged to do their work over again, covetous people losing all they aim at, by the greediness of their grasp, and irascible people reduced to thq most abasing condescensions. All this, however in appearance remotely connected, leads up to a recollection of the text, *' There is mercy with thee, therefore. shalt thou be feared." We must not presume to say that the
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Almighty might not, in his infinite power, have made us fear him, had he chosen cruelty for one of his attributes : from his conduct towards us, there can be none of those feeble or counteracting results which are found in the dealings of men ; but cer-tainly, in exercising mercy, he makes a claim on our affections, as well as on oui* consciences, which, converting the slavery of obedience into the free-will offering of love, holds out, by analogy, a lesson which would be advantageously practised in our intercourse with the world. SERMONET Tt. 11 The text says, it is therefore — for that cause — that God shall be feared : it does not say, 7ieverthdess, yiotxvithstanding, or al-though ; it is because, if we are beings at all of a generous nature, we could not, we cannot, refuse to One so forbearing
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