This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 Excerpt: ...which overrate injury, and embitter resentment, may be removed. The supposed intention to insult and to offend, which forms the sting of ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 Excerpt: ...which overrate injury, and embitter resentment, may be removed. The supposed intention to insult and to offend, which forms the sting of every injury, will probably be found never to have existed. The hasty jest, the galling ebullition of passion, the heart-corroding insult of offended pride, will be recalled and atoned for. Scarce any hearts are so hard, but such an interview can soften them into tenderness: scarce any pride so unyielding, but such an expostulation will humble to repentance. Moreover, it is even proverbially true, that friendship, interrupted only for a moment, and united again by mutual concession and mutual forgiveness, acquires tenfold strength and permanence. Each party, conscious of his own rashness and his own error, is less prone to suspect, more cautious not to wound his friend. Each party values more strongly the affection which has thus been tried; and recollects with gratitude the candour and kindness which, at this interesting crisis, was so feelingly displayed. Thus, "if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother"--saved him from obstinacy in error and in guilt--saved yourself from injury and wrong, and gained a brother indeed. Compare with this Christian rule of conduct, the system of modern honour--that boasted guardian of social harmony, and personal dignity. If his brother trespass against him, how does the disciple of modern honour proceed? Does he go and tell the aggressor of his fault, alone? No. In the very first in Matt, xviii. 15. stance, he keeps at a determined and haughty distance; he carefully avoids all intercourse; he engages a third person, to whom he communicates the full detail of his friend's supposed offence; thus introducing a new party to bear testimony to the folly or the transgressions ...Read Less
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