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5. A rent heart : Joel, ii. 13. « And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God.” The plough of humiliation and repentance is drawn through the heart, which tears up the fallow-ground, and pierces to the very soul. · Many a man's heart is rent with remorse, or rather mangled, which is never thoroughly rent; and so their wound goes together again after fome time, and they are as before. But the truly broken heart is rent to purpose, till the plough reach to the root of fin.

Here there may be proposed this question, What is the difference of these rentings? To this I answer, An unrenewed man's heart be rent for sin, but it is not rent from it. The heart truly broken is not only rent for, but from sin; not only affrighted at, but framed into a hatred of it, Ezek. Xxxvi. 31." « Then shall

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remember evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in yourownfight for your iniquities, and for your abominations." The heart is fo broken, that the reigning love of lin runs out of it, as water out of a cracked veffel, or as filthy matter out of a wound which is laid open. He digs deep, as the wife builder ; the other, like Balaam, who profefled a regard to the authority of God, but still loved the wages of iniquity.Again, the rent of the former either closes too soon, as those who quickly fall secure again, getting cafe by bribing their consciences; or it never was closed at all, falling under absolute despair

, like Judas. But the other is at length healed, yet not till the great Phyớcian takes the cure in hand. The wound is kept open, and the soul refuseth healing, till the Lord looks down and beholds from heaven, as in Lam.iii. 50. The wound is too deep to

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be cured, but by his blood and Spirit, yet not so deep, but that some ray of hope is always left; there is a “ who knows but the Lord will yet return ?"--The broken heart is,

6. A pliable heart. The hard heart is a heart of stone, unpliable. When the Spirit breaks the heart for fin, he makes it a heart of flesh, Ezek. xxxvi. 26. Hearts which the grace of God has not touched, are like young horses not used to the saddle, young bullocks unaccustomed to the yoke; they are unpliable and unmanageable, because they are not yet broken, Jer. xxxi. 18. But if ever any good be made of that heart of thine, the Spirit of God will break it ; however wild and untractable it be, the Spirit will make it pliable.He will make it pliable to the will of his commandments, saying, “ Lord, what wouldit thou have me to do? and what shall we do ?” Acts, ii. 37. They had often heard before what they should do, but they would not comply; but now, since their hard heart is broken, they are very pliable. Many a time the finner's heart gets such a piercing thrust in his sinful course, that one would think, lurely he will comply now. Yes, but the heart is not broken yet, therefore the man will not comply, according as Solomon represents it in the case of the drunkard, Prov. xxii. 29. 32. and 34. “ They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not lick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not; when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.” But if God have any thoughts of love to him, the Spirit of God will take the case in his own hand; and were he as stiff as the devil and his hard heart can make him, he will break him to that rate, that he shall ply as wax ere he have done with him, Witness Saul the persecutor, VOL. III.

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who was so softened, that he cried, “ Lord, what wouldst thou have me to do ?” Acts, ix. 6.- The heart becomes pliable also to the will of his providence: Pfal. li. 4. “That thou mightest be juftified when thou speakest, and be cleared when thou judgeft.” An unrenewed heart is a murmur. ing one under the hand of God, and will readily chuse to fin rather than suffer. But the broken heart will say, Give me thy favour, and take from me what thou wilt : Luke, xiv. 26. “ If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and fifters, and his own life also, he cannot be

disciple.” Sometimes one meets with an affliction, and they cry out they are broken, they are not able to bear it. God sends them a heavier one, they are stricken till they leave off weeping, and withal opens

the heart-vein to bleed for sin, and fo in fome sort they are made to forget their affliction. And it is their great concern to get their foul's diseafe healed, let God do with them otherwife as he will.--A broken heart is,

Laftly, A humble heart : Fsa. lvii. 15. quoted above. The hard heart is a gathered boil; when it is broken, it is difcuffed. As soon as the heart is broken under a sense of fin, pride and felf-conceit vanish away; and the more broken-hearted that a person is, the lefs proud. Paul was a proud persecutor, but the Lord laid the pride of his heart, when he broke it, Acts, ix. 4. 5. Hezekiah, in his brokenness of heart is very humble : « I shall go softly," faid he, “ all my years in the bitterness of my foul," Isa. xxxvii. 16. O! if the proud and empty profeffors of this day had a taste of this broken heart, it would soon lay their gay feathers, let out the ulcers of pride, felf-conceit, which are swollen so big in many a poor soul. It would turn the saying, “Stand by, for I am holier than thou,” unto « Depart from me, for I am a sinful man. It would make them think little of what they have been, of what they are, and of what they have done or suffered ; little of what all their attainments, gifts, yea, and graces also, if they have any, are.

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