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“ perish with you.” Thus must you deal faithfully with Men, if ever you intend to do them good. It is not in curing Men's Souls, as in curing their Bodies, where they must not know their Danger, left it hinder the Cure.' They are here Agents in their own Cure, and if they know not their Misery, they will never bewail it, nor know their Need of a Saviour. Dz it ajo jirisufly, zealously, and effeEnally. Labour to make Men know, that Heaven and Hell are not Matters to be played with, or passed over with a few carelets Thoughts. " Is it most certain, that one of “ these Days thou shalt be in everlasting Joy or Tor. "ment; and doth it not awaken thee? Are there fo a few that find the Way of Life? So many that go " the Way of Death? Is it so hard to escape? So easy us to miscarry? And yet do you 'fit ftill and trifle? " What do you mean? The World is paffing away: " Its Pleasures, Honours, and Profits are fading and " leaving you: Eternity is a little before you: God 66 is just and jealous; His Threadings are true: The " Great Day will be lerrible: Time runs on : Your

Life is uncertain: You aie far behind Hand: Your 56 Care is dangerous: If you die To-morrow, how 16 unready are you! With what Terror will your « Souls go out of your Bodies! And do you yet « loiter ? Consider, God is all this while waiting " your Leisure: His Patience beareth: His Long. “ suffering for beareth: His Mercy intreateth you: 66 Christ offers you his Blood and Merits: The Spirit 6s is persuading: Conscience is accusing: Satan waits "to have you: This is your Time; Now or Never. 6 Had you rather burn in Hell, than repent on Earth? 66 have Devils your Tormentors, than Christ your * Governor? Will you renounce your Part in God

s and Glory, rather than renounce your Sins ? O .66 Friends, what do you think of these. Things

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and their Duty commanded. The Voice of Man is contemptible, but the Voice of God is awful and terrible. They may reject your Words, that dare not reject the Words of the Almighty.- Be frequent with Men in this Duty of Exhortation. If we are always to pray, and not to faint, because God will have us importunate with himself; the fame Course, no doubt, will be most prevailing with Men. Therefore we are commanded to exhort one another daily (c); and with all Long-suffering (d). The Fire is not always brought out of the Flint at one Stroke; por Men's Affections kindled at the first Exhortation. And if they were, yet if they be not followid, they will soon grow cold again. Foilow Sinners with your loving and earnest Intreaties, and give them no Rest in their Sin. This is true Charity, the Way to fave Men's Souls, and will afford you Comfort upon Review.-- Strive to bring all your Exhortations to an Illue. If we speak the most convincing Words, tut all our Care is over with our Speech, we shal) teldom profper in our Labours: But God usually blesses their Labours, whose very Heart is set upon the Converfion of their Hearers, and who are therefore enquiring afer the Success of their work. If you reprove a Sin, cease not till the Sinner promises you to leave it, and avoid the Occasions of it. If you are exhorting to a Duty, urge for a Promise to set upon it presently. If you would draw Men to Christ, leave not, till you have made them confess the Misery of their present unregenerate State, and the Neceflity of Chrift, and of a Change, and have promised you to fall close to the Use of Means. O that all Christians would take this Course with all their Neighbours that are enslaved to Sin, and Strangers to Chrift!- Once more, be sure your Example exhort as well as your Words. Let

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