Thanksgiving for the Repented

O most merciful Father, we thank you that you have brought us under so gracious a covenant, as not only to pardon the sins of our unregenerate state; but also upon our penitent confession and return, to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness, and pardon our falls by the blood of Christ, and to restore our souls, and lead us again in the paths of righteousness, and command your servants to receive us.

We thank you that you have thus restored this your servant, giving him repentance and remission of sin. We ask you to comfort him with the believing apprehensions of your forgiveness and reconciliation through Jesus Christ. Restore unto him the joy of your salvation, and uphold him by your free Spirit. Establish, strengthen, settle him, that with full purpose of heart he may cleave unto you, and now you have spoken peace to him he may not return again to folly. As he names the name of Christ, let him depart from iniquity, and never more dishonor you, your Church or truth, nor his holy profession, but save him from temptation. Let him watch and stand fast, and sin no more, lest worse befall him. Let him not receive this grace in vain, nor turn it into wantonness, nor continue in sin, that grace may abound. But let his old man be crucified with Christ, and the body of sin be destroyed; that from now on he may no more serve sin.

Let us all take warning by the falls of others, and not be high minded but fear; and let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. Let us watch and pray that we enter not into temptation, remembering that the flesh is weak. And our adversary the devil walks about seeking whom he may devour. And let none of us hate our brother in our hearts, but in any wise rebuke our neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him, and confirm us unto the end, so that we may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you, O Father, and your Holy Spirit, be the kingdom, and power, and glory forever. Amen.

Richard Baxter