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agree in all your opinions and formalities, and yet were never sanctified by the truth, you do bug agree to delude your souls, and neither of you will be saved for all your agreement.

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spoken to, is those that let out their pallion in hard speeches, against superiours or others that they think do wrong or persecute them on a Religious account. At this time I will suppose the injury be real, and the complaint be just; It yet beseems not Christians to revile.

I. Confider, how contrary this is to the example of our Lord. And that he left us his example in this particular, with a special recommendation for our imitation. When he was falsly accused, and the high Priest urged him to an


swer for himself, Martb. 26.62, 63, he was filent, to shew that he could bear a false accusation, without so much as vindicating his innocency by a just defence. O learn both the lesson and motives recommended to you, i Pet. 2. 18. to the end. [Servants be subject to your Masters with all fear ; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is tbankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, Suffering wrongfully : For what glory is it if when ge are buffeted for

your faults, je fall take it patiently but if when ye do well, and suffer for it, ya take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye-called, because Christ also suffered for us ; leaving wis an example, that ye lould follow bis steps : who did na fin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who when he was reviled, reviled not agaixi When be suffered, he shreat..



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ned not; but committed himself to him that judget h righteovfly. ]Here is the description of your duty, and your example. Are you used worse then Christ was used ? [Ifa. 53.7,8. He was oppressed, and he was afflięted, yet he opened

not his mouth : be is brought as a lumb to the fanghter, and as a sheep before his shtarırs is dumb, Jo he openeth not his mouth.] And if you will come to him and be his Disciples, you must (Learn of him to be meek and lowly in heart, that you may find reft unto your souls] Matth.11. 28, 29.

2. Confider, as our Kingdoms is not of this World, so we are not to strive for worldly preheminence, nor with carnal weapons, buc must know that our greatness here is in being the least, and our dignia ty in being the servants of all, and oar gain is by our loss, and our honour by evil reports, and by


disgrace, and our advancement by our debasement, and our preferment by being kept from worldly honour, and our joy by forrow, and our exaltation by humiliation: And therefore it is contrary to our state of faith, to murmur at them that deprive us of the pleasures of Jense, or the ease and priviledges of the Aesh. Mark the description of Christianity in the Gospel, and see how much of it conlifteth in contempt of the esteem and honours of the world, and of all the accommodations and pleasures of the flesh, because of the expectation of the unseen eternal pleasures; and in the forfaking all, and taking up our crosse and following a crucified Cbrist : and in patience, and meeknefs, and forbearing and forgiving : and rather then feek either verbal or actual revenge, to give the cloak also to him that

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and turn the other cheek to him that smiteth us. Unmortified passion, and untamed nature; will not give some men leave to understand these passages of Christ, but they search for some such figure to expound them by, as shall annihilate the plain and proper sense, Self-love so blindeth men, that when they read these Gospel precepts, they feel not their consciences couched and bound by them ; but they read them as if they read them not, and retain no more, then if it were non-sense which they read. Had the commands aforesaid (of patience, forbearing and forgiving) but as much force and efficacy upon the souls of most professours, as the commandments have that are against swearing, and cursing,and drunkenness, and fornication, we should have much better maintained our inno

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