Monday, April 7, 2008

Pray for your brother


You cannot harbor enmity in your soul against your brother after you have learned to pray for him. If he hath done you ill, when you have taken that ill to the mercy-seat, and prayed over it, you must forgive. Surely you could not be such a hypocrite as to invoke blessings on his head before God and then come fourth to curse him in your own soul. When these have been complaints brought by brother against brother, it is generally the best way to say, “Let us pray before we enter into the matter.” Wherever there is a case to be decided by the pastor, he ought always to any to the brethren who contend, “Let us pray first,” and it will often happen that through prayer the differences will soon be forgotten.

From a sermon entitled "Intercessory Prayer," delivered August 11, 1861. Flickr photo by German Mayer ; some rights reserved.

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