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died: There was no Jesting in all this. And should mot we he serious in seeking our own Salvation?The Holy Spirit is serious in solliciting us to be happy. His Motions are frequent, pressing, and importunate. He striveth with us. He is grieved, when we resist him. And should not we be serious then in obeying, and yielding to, bis Motions?- God is serious in hearing our Prayers, and bestowing his Mercies. He is afflicted with us. He regar deth every Groan and Sig!, and puts every Tear into his Bottle. The next Time thou art in Trouble, thou wilt beg for a serious Regard of thy Prayers. And shall we expect real Mercies, when we are light and fuperficial in the Work of God? - The Miniflers of Chriß are fericus in exhorting and inftrulling you. They beg of God, and of you; and long more for the Salvation of your Souls, than for any worldly Good. If they kill them. selves with their Labour, or fuffer Martyrdom for preaching the Gospel; they think their Lives are well bestowed, so that they prevail for the saving your Souls. And shall other Men be fo painful and care. ful for your Salvation, and you be so carelefs and negligent of your own? How diligent and serious are all the Creatures in ferving you? Wnat Halte makes the Sun to compass the World? The Fountains are always flowing for thy Use; the Rivers still running; Spring and Harvest keep their Times. How haru does thy Ox labour for thee from Day to Day? How fpeedily does thy Horse travel with chee? And Malt thou only be negligent? Shall all these be so serious in serving thee, and thou so careless in thy Service to God? The Servants of the World and the Devil ore serious and diligent. They work, as if they could never do enough. They make Halte, as if afraid of coming to Hell too late.' 'They bear down Miniters,

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