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though we love him ever so much for hiskindness in other respects, must also be parted with. Many such righthands must be cut off, and many such right eyes must be plucked out. Another thing here taught is forgiveness of injuries. And this is a veryhard thing indeed to learn. When Christ talked on this subject, Peterwished to know how many times he might be offended by another, and yetforgive him,— Seven times ? said he. Yes, said Jesus, as much asseventy times seven. It is not likely that any one would offend so often asthis, so that our Lord meant that we should always be ready to forgivethose that injure us. Our Lord enforces forgiveness by a parable about a steward that owedhis lord ten thousand talents, and yet he forgave him his debt; but afellow-servant happening to owe the steward only a hundred pence, thoughhe had been so kindly treated by his lord under like circumstances, yetcruelly threw his poor fellow-servant into prison till he should pay him —•—:_^s- .^J&^S
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CHEIST BLESSING LITTLE CHILDREH. 662 Matthe w. 663 every farthing. His lord, however, heard of it, and, as the stewards debtwas still due in law, to punish him for his cruelty he laid hold of him andthrew him into prison also. God forgives us our sins, though they are great as the ten thousandtalents; we ought, therefore, surely to forgive the hundred pence due tc usfrom others, and to pass by their little offences, when they are ready toexpress any sorrow that they have done us injury; and, even if that be notthe case, we should not render evil for evil, but contrariwise blessing. Wehave seen a hard-hearted man softened by receiving kindness for injuries. Christ receives Little Children—Converses with a Rich Young Man. Matthew xix. 13-30. IN this chapter we read of little children being brought to Christ, that hemight bless them, and pray over them, as it was usual with the Jewsto do. Most likely they were parents, or it might be friends, who broughtthese children to Jesus. Childre
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