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bours as ourselves, we must go and do ją likewise.
No Difference therefore in Opinion; no bad Ulage we receive from others; nor any Realon besides can excuse us for not loving them. - The most ungraceful Wrecch; che most obstinate Heretick; the most self-conceited Schisimatick; and in a Word, all Men whaxloever, are the Objects of our Love: 'Their Persons we are in Duty bound to love, but their Sins, and their Errots we must for ever abhor and avoid.
The Substance of all that I have deli: vered
tipon this Argunienie, is comprized in these few Words of St. Paul ; In Lowliness of Mind, let each eftec m other better than themselves' : And let all Bitterness, and Wrath, and Anger, and Clamour, and Evil-speaking be put away from you, with all Malice ® : And be ye kind one to another, tender-bearted, forgiving one anotber, even as God for CHRIST'S Sake bath forgiven you. - The Duty of mutual Love being thus explained, we are now to proceed to the second Thing propounded, which was to , enforce the Oblervance of this Duty. But this will afford Marter for another Dif* Joho'v. g.frlil. i. 3. & Eph. iv. 31, 32.
course, and fall cherefore be reserved to another Opportunity.
SER MO N xii.
1 John iv. 7. Beloved, let us love one another. Aving, I hope, in my foregoing
Discourse from this Place, explained the Duty of mutual Love; by Mhowing chat it is made up of these Parts, viz. First
, Of esteeming and treating each other according to the Dignity of our Natures.
Secondly, Of doing and wishing one another no Evil.
Thirdly, Of wishing and doing one ano ther all the Good we can.
Fourthly, Of forgiving each other all Injuries that may have passed between us.
Having, I say, gone through This, which was the first Thing I then propounded; I proceed now to my
Second and last Head ; namely, Toen. force the Oblervance of this Duty.
And this I shall endeavour from the following Considerations.
Fir, From the Excellency of thc Du. ty conlidcred in General.
Secondly, From the kind Influence it has in particular upon the Profit and Ad- . vantage of Society. Thirdly
, From its Tendency to pro, mote the Pleasure and Happiness of Life.
Fourthly, From the Command of CHRIST. And,
Fiftbly, From his Example.
First, This Duty of Christian Love, may be recommended and enforced from the Excellency of it, considered in general: For the Practice hercof will truly exalt and adorn the Soul, and make us vastly superiour in worth to those who neglect it. It supposes us to be free from the Government of such Qualities, as are attended with Shame and Dishonour ; and that we are endued with thole which bring Grace and Glory. It argues us a, ble to conquer the Motions of Malice and Revenge; of Pride and Envy: It shows that we are cloached with Humility and Meekness; and are of a generous, mer. ciful, and forgiving Temper.
And what a desireable Thing is it to enjoy thar Calm and Serenity in ones Mind, which is nécessarily introduced by such a lovely Disposition: What an Ho.
notr must ie reflect upon us, to fubxlue chose boisterous Pallions, which are ape tu drive us headlong to fuch Allions and Deuigns, as prove a Mischief and Vexa tion, both to ourselves and others? This 15 a Vigory that carries Healing in its Wings; Here the Conqueror and the Conquered are bo:h one: No cue is injured by the Conquest; but the wider it (preads, and the farther it is pursued, of the greater Advantage' it will be to all. Such a Victory as this, whosvever obtains, mult need, be more excellent than his Neighbour; for be that is flow to Anger, is better than the Mighty; and be that ru!eşli bis Spirit, than be that taketh a City.
Aguin, how amiable is an afable and condescending Carriage, towards chose below us, i a modelt and civil Behaviour towards our equals; and a Deportment duly respectful to:vards our Superiors; Of how great Price in the Sight both of God, and Man, is the Ornament of a meek and quiet, and inoffensive Spirit, that is cureful to avoid Quarrels ; that is glad to lical Differences; and disdains to wish or do any Mischief to others? In short, what can be a more convincing Argunient of true Magnanimity, or Greatness of Soul, shan a hearty Inclination to advance the
Felicity of all Mankind; Readines to forgive, Injuries ; to return Bleilings for Curres, and Good for Evil?
Thus does the Exercise of Christian Lovein its several Branches, communicate a real Beauty to the practicioners of it, and exceedingly raise the Dignity of human Nature.
Iudced by This we in some fort become Partakers of the Divine Nature 100; and resemble God in his most glorious, as well as most endearing Perfection. To this Purpose, the Apostle speaks in the Words immediately following my Text ; Beloved, let
us love one another; for Love is of God, and
every one that loveth is born of God; and knoweth God: He that loveth, not, knoweth not God, for God is Love. And again, at the 16th Verle of the same Chapter; God is Love, and be that dwelleth in Love, dwelleth in God, and God in bim.
Well therefore might St. Paul valueihis Grace of Love above the extraordinary Gifts of Healing; of working Miracles; of Prophescy; of divers Kinds of Tongies, and the like: As you may see he does, in the 12th Chap. of his first Epistle to che Corinthians. Yea, well might he prefer it to those