תמונות בעמוד
PDF
ePub
[ocr errors]

Direct

Dired. 47

De as you would be done by : And ask yourselves how you would be judged of and uld, if you were in their condition your felves.

Direct. s. Set the life of Cbrift and bis Apofles before you ; and remember whu a delight it was so them to do good: And as how much dcirct rate Christ thewed mercy, to you and others, than he requircth you to thew mercy acco any..

Dirca. 6. Read over Cbrifts precepts of Charity and Mercy, that a thirglo frequently urged on you, may not be sensielly despised by you. a che werd Asbumane interest requircch it's lo bumane waiure approveth it in all. Good and bad, evehalt the world do love the merciful : Or if the partial interch of fomc proud and covetous persons (as the Popish Clergy for infance) do call for cruelly against those that arc sor of their mind, and for their prokit's yer this gocth fo much again the Arcam of the common intereft, and the light of human nature, that mankind will fill abhor their cruelty, though they may afright a few that are neer them from uttering their deteftation. All moo speak well of a merciful man, and ill ofthe unmerciful. ".. Dirca. 8. Belicvc Chrifts promilas which he hath madero

the mercifal, fo fully and frequently in Scripture : As in Mat. 5.7. Luke 6. 36. Prov. 11. 17. P[41.37.26, &c. And believe his chrcatnings againlt the numerciful, that they shall find.no Mercy, Prov. 12.10. James 2. 13. And remember how Chrift hath described the last Judgment, as palling upon this ieckoning, Marib. 251

Dira. 9. Live not in ficthly fenfuulity your felves : Forelse your fcfh will devour all and if you have hundreds and thousands a year, will leave you but little or nothing to do goed with.

Dire&. 10. Engage your felves (not by rath notes, but by refolution and pradics) in a faced way of doing good, and take not only such occafions as fall our unexpe&cdly. Set a pasta convenient proportion of your chatos, as God doth bless you; and let not needlcfs occafions divertir, and defraud the poor, and you of the benefit. Dirca, 11. Remember Aill thar pothing is absolutely yons

OWA

own, but God who lendeth if you hath che truc propriey,and will certainly call you to an account. . And ask your Ielves daily, How shall I wilh at the day of reckoning, cbar I, had cxpended and used all my eltatc? and do accordingly.

Dircd. 12. Forget not what need you stand in daily of the mercy of God; and what need you will fhortly bc in, when your health and wealth will fail you. And how carneftly then you will cry to God for mercy, mercy, Prov. 21. 13. W boso stoppet b bis sars at the cry of the poor, be allo shall cry bimself, but shall not be beard.

Direct. 13. Hearken not to an unbelieving beast, which will tell you that you may want your felves, and therefore would refrain you from well doing. If God be to be trulicd with your souls, he is to be trusted with yopr bodics : God trych whether indeed you take him for your God, by crying whether you can truft him. If you deal with him as with a bankerupe, or a deceitful man, whom you will trull no further than you have a present pawn or fccurity, in case helhould deceive you ; you blafpheme him, instead of taking him for

Let your greatest mercy be chewed in the greatcft things, and let the good of mens foy's be your end even in your mercy to their bodies. And therefore do all in Lich a - manner as tendeth moft to promote the higher end. Blages are tbe merciful, for ebey Mall obtain mercy.

[ocr errors]

your God.

Dirc&.14.

[ocr errors]

I

CHAP. XIX. .

3 How to live by Faith in Adversity. If I should give you diftinct Directions, for the several cales

of poverty, wrongs, persecutions, unkindnesses, contemps, sickness, &c. it would lwell chis Treatise yet bigger than I intended. I shall thereforç take up with this general Advice.

Dire&. 1. In all Adversity remember sbe evil of fun, which is the cause, and the Holiness and Justice of God bobich is 1Xircised; and then the batred of fin, and tbe love of Gods Holiness and focus fice will make you quietly submit. You will then fay, when

0993

Repentancs

Repentance is fcrious; I will bear the indignation of tbe Lord, pecause I have frined agsinf bin, Micah 7:9. And, wby doub

iving man complain, a man for tbe punishment of bio fins ? Lin. 3:39. Let us feared and try our waiesand turn again uxlo the Lord ; for be ball smiston, and be will bral, doc. 1.40148. bit bisowy od wycoin 1300 bObject. But dotb-nor Job's case tell us tbat fonde a Fidions are mly for trysh, and noe for fin pa uscan

Antw. No vit only telleth us that the reafon why. Jeb is sbofen ab ubat time, to suffer more iban other men, is not be caule how asimirsetben orbers, or as bad; but for bis tryaland good. But 1. Amation as it is now exiftent' in the world

upon manirid, is the fruit of Adanes fin at first, and contained in thic peremptory uprcmitted fentence. 2. And 'this general Aate of fufforing makind, is now in the hand and power of Chrikt, who sometimes indeed doch lec out more on the beli then upon others, and that especially for their tryal and good; butaulually fomelies of their own also have a hand in shem, and procure the evil, though his mercy turn it to their be. Acfit.ru

Direct.i2. Deal clofely and faitbfully will your braris and biaugs in a fuffering sime, and reft not till your consciences are wchładfured that no fpecial provocation is the caufc, or ele do tcfific that you have truly repented, and resolved againft it,

Otherwisc you may lengthen your difrels, if you leave that thorn in your fore which caufcth'ie: Oi elfc God may change it into a world; or inay give you over to imperitency, which is worst of all: Or at least, you will want that affured peace with God, and solid peace of conscience, which must be

your fupport and comfort in midtion ; and fo wm link under it, is unable to bear it. : Dirca. 3. Rethember that the fanäifying fruit of Adversity i first and more to be looked after, tban either be comfort, of the deliver ancs. And therefore that all men, no por all Chriftians, mult not use the same metbod, in the same astidios, when as their spiritual cases differ.

A oleared. conscience, and one that hath walked faithfully with God, and fruitfully in the world, and kept himfell fron bis iniquity, may bead mol of his thoughts to the comfort

ing promises, and happy end. But one man hath been þold with wilful fin, and his work mut bc firlico renow rcpca fance, and saç that there be po root of bitterness left behind, and to set upon truc reformation of life, and separation of the burt which he hath done.

Another is grown into love with the world, and bach plet out his heart to pleasant choughts and hopes of prosperity, and alicnated his thoughts morc than before from God. This man mud firft perceive his crrour, and bear Gods voice which call. cth him home, and see the chara&ers of vanity and vexation, written on the face of that which he ayer-loved, and then think of comfort when he hath got a curc. A 18

Another is grown dull and gardless of his soul, and hath loft much of his sense of things eternal, and is.cold in love, and cold in prayer, and liveth as if he were grown scary of God, and weary of well doing. His work muf be to fach thc fmart of Gods displeasure, fo far as to awaken him

to repentanco, and fet him again with former {criou nola; upon this dutylsal And when he mendeth his pasa, he may defire to be caled of the rod and four. But to give unseasonable cordials to any of these, is but to frultrate the affliction, and to hurt them, and prepare for worse, u Nay, and when they are comforred in foso, fon, it mult be with

due caution: Gorby way, and fin no more, left a ghorfe thing.come unto tbeto It is pernicious unskilfulness in those comforters of the affiliated, who have the famc culio. may words of comfort for all, and by their improper cordials unscasonably applyed, delude poor fouls, and hinder that necellary repentance which God by folhrep i mcans dorh call them to, com uma 39,

Dircd. 4. Remember that your part in affiation is to do your duty, and to get the benefit of it : but to remove it is Gods pare! Therefore be you careful about that part which is your own, and then make no queflion but God will do bis part. Let it be your first question therefore (What is it tbat I'am obliged to in this condition :] What is the pecial dury

, of one in this dick ness, this poverty, imprisonment, reftraint, contempt, or Slander, which I undergo?] Be careful daily to do that dury, and then never fear theiffuç of your fyffering : Nothing can go wails to him that is found in the way of his duty.

And

[ocr errors]

And let it be your next qucftion, What fpiritual good may be got by this amigion? May not my repentance be renewed? my self-denyal, humility, contempt of the world, pacience, and confidence on God, b: exercised and increased by it? and is not this the end of my heavenly Father? Is not his totaa 1A of love and kindness to me? Doch he not offer me by it all this good?

And let your next question bc [Have I yet got Ibsi good pbicb God dob offer me ? Have / any confiderable benefit to ship, wbich I have receivid by this a flition fince it came] If not, wh; should you desire it to be taken away? Play nor the Hya pocrite in speaking tbat good of an affil:Qing God, which you do not feriously believe : If you believe that God is wiser than you, to know what is fitteft for you, and that he is better than you, and therefore hath better ends than you can have; and that rcally he offereeh you for greater good by your sufferings, than he taketh from you : Let your affc&ions then be agree able to this belief: Are you afraid of your own commodity? Do you impaciently long to be delivered from your gain? are you fo childish as to pull off the plaister, if you b:licve that it is coring the forc? and that it cannot be well and fafely done without it? Do you call it the fruit of Gods Wisdom and Love, and yer be as weary of it, as if there were nothing in it but his wrach? Trust God with his work who never failcch; and be careful of your own, who are conscious of untruftinels.

Dirca. 5. Look principally to your bearis, that tbey grubo not to an over-valuing of ibe prosperity of the flesh; nor to an undervaluing of boliness and tbe prosperity of tbe foul. For this anhappy carnality doth both caufc affdion, and make us onprofitable and impatient under it.

1. He that is a worldling, or a voluptuous ficlb pleaser, and favoureth nothing but the things of the Bilh, will think himself undonć, when his pleasure, and plenty, and honour with men, is taken away. Nothing maketh men grieve for the loss of any worldly commodity, fo much as the over-leving of it. It is Love that seekerb it when you are in bope, and Love that most netb when you are in want, as well as Lave which deligbtetb in it when you porofs it : As fick men af to love brakt better than thoss that atver felt thc want of it; so it is too

coromok

« הקודםהמשך »