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October 21, 2020
320. Week of Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity - Thursday
Agree with your adversary quickly
          Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him, lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the Judge, and the Judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. Truly, I say to you: You shall by no means come out of there until you have paid the last cent.   Mathew 5:26,26
          Every one against whom or in whose presence you have sinned, hence, every one who justly has anything against you, is your adversary. Personally he may be ready to forgive and to overlook your sin, possibly from indifference; but in the eyes of God he nevertheless is your adversary and your accuser. (Gen. 4:10) And you are his debtor. You owe him an apology, and you must remove the offence you have given; indeed, a truly penitent heart will prompt you to do so. Pay him what you owe! Agree with him! "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him." What "way" is meant here? The way to the Judgment, which, as far as you are concerned is immediately consequent upon your death. How much time, therefore, is left for you to agree with your adversary? You do not know in the least. Death and the Judgment may come today; your life or his may end today. And if you have not agreed with your adversary "on the way," if, in impenitent wilfulness, you have allowed the time while you are in the way with him to expire, then your adversary - or, let me say, your guilt - will deliver you to the Judge, and the Judge will deliver you to the officer, and you will be cast into prison. "The Son of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them that do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. 13:41,42) And you shall by no means come out of there till you have paid the uttermost cent. But then it will be too late, for then the time of grace will have been spent.
          PRAYER: - O Lord Jesus, help me, a poor sinner, that sins so much against his neighbour, to repent this very day, before sudden death takes me away, and to prove my penitence by doing to my neighbour as You have commanded me to do. Let me not come into Judgment, O Jesus! Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
October 21, 2020