Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have
borne chastisement, I will not offend any more; that which I see not teach
thou me; if I have done iniquity, I will do no more. Job
xxxiv. 31, 32. Purge out therefore
the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened; for even
Christ our passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1
Cor. v. 7, 8. Godly sorrow worketh
repentence to salvation not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world
worketh death: for behold this self-same thing, that ye sorrowed after
a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of
yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea what vehement desire,
yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge ! 2
Cor. vii. 10, 11.
...and are in love and charity with your neighbours,...
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
xxii. 39 Charity suffereth long,
and is kind; charity envieth not, charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed
up: doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily
provoked, thinketh no evil, rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in
the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
endureth all things. 1 Cor. xii.
4 to 7. If thou meet thine enemy's
ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again;
if thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and
wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.
xxiii. 4, 5. Beloved, let us
love one another; for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born
of God, and knoweth God; he that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is
love: herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and
sent his Son to be the Propitiation for our sins: beloved, if God so loved
us, we ought also to love one another. 1
John iv. 7 to 11. He that saith
he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now:
he that loveth his brother abideth in the light. 1
John ii. 9, 10. If we walk in the light,
as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1 John i. 7.
...and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways;...
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new. 2 Cor. v. 17. Like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life: knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Rom. vi. 4, 6. That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
...Draw near with faith, and take this Sacrament to your comfort;...
Let us drw near with a true heart in full assurance
of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our
bodies washed with pure water. Heb.
x. 22. Be of good comfort, rise,
he calleth thee. Mark x. 49.
It is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord
God, that I may declare all thy works. Psalm
lxxiii. 28. Jesus Christ, whom
having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing,
ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 1
Peter i. 7, 8. The cup of blessing
which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ ? The bread
which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ ? 1
Cor. x. 16. Rejoice, inasmuch
as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall
be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1
Peter iv. 13.
...and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
Now therefore make confession unto the Lord God. Ezra x. 11. O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm xcv. 6. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God. Jer. iii. 13. I acknowledge my transgressions; and my sin is seve before me. Psalm li. 3. Draw nigh unto God' and he will draw nigh unto you: humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James iv. 8, 10. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed. Luke xxii. 41. - See also, Acts xxi. 5.
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