William Burkitt Notes and Observations - Titus 3:3 - 3:3

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William Burkitt Notes and Observations - Titus 3:3 - 3:3


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Here we have a very weighty reason laid down by our apostle, why Christians should be found in the practice of the forementioned virtues of equity and lenity, of patience and charity, of meekness and long-suffering, one towards another; namely, because before their conversion they themselves lived in the practice of the fore-mentioned vices, as well as others: We ourselves also were foolish, disobedient, & c., that is, the servants of sin, and slaves to our lusts, suffering wrath to rest in our bosoms, till it boiled up to revenge: having formerly therefore been such ourselves, we ought to pity rather than spurn at those that are so still.

No argument will more effectually incline and dispose us to pity the miscarriages of others, than the consideration, that we ourselves are prone unto, and have heretofore been guilty of, the same or the like provocations ourselves.