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reconciled to him, and in love to receive him,

Fifthly,Forsaking singleaving off whatever appears to be difpliafing unto God. The true

pericent 1. Forsakes the acting of known fins for the present. 2. Refolves against fin for the

future. I. Forfakes all his former known fins; secret fins as well as open, profitable fins, as well as those that are not. True and figcere obedience is unia versal, especially in respect of the purpose of the heart: He that out of Conscience of duty to God, forsakes one fin, will for the same reason fear co offend in another ; there being che same Divine Authority, awing and binding the Conscience in one sin, as in another. To pick and chuse, here to obey, there to dispense with our selves, is a shrewd fign of hypocrisie.

II. Resolves against fin. And bis resolutions come,

1. From solid reasons, and not only from some (suddes affections.

3. Are accompanied with earnest and fervent prayers to God. He that is strong in resolution, and weak in fupplication is quickly foil d.

3. Are made, not in his own strength, but the strength of Christ, which he bumbly implores, and rests upon.

Sixthly, Conversion, whereby the bent of the heart is turned towards God, choosing him for its chief delight, and portion, desiring to



walk with him, and approve it self unto him in fincere obedience. A true and real penitent does not content himself with a meer holinelle, and leaving off his former sinful waies, 'Tis not enough for such an one to be no druskard, no swearer, no unclean person, doc. But as he hates every evil way, so he makes Conscience of every knows duty required of him. The Commands chac require duty, are as binding to him, as those that forbid fin, There will be a visible change in such a person; and that

1. In reference to God: He will love God more, and delight in his wales and worship now, more chan formerly.

2. In reference to men, He will be careful to discharge his relative duties : He will labour to walk exactly and righteously,& co observe a striệt integrity in his dealings with men. And in these two things he will manifest che reality of his conversion.

1. if he remember he has wronged any man fora merly, in his goods, or estate, either by defrauding, or unjust detaining what is due to him, he will endeavour to make him reftitution, or other fatise faction. He that confeßeth, and forsaketh his fan, Shall find mercy, Prov.28.13. He that restoreth not il gotten goods, liveth still in his fin, Reftitution being an inseparable' fruit of true' Reperi2. if he be at variance with any, he will defire



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injuries done to him, and defiring forgivenesse of those he has any way injured.

3. In the Government of himself, he wil enden. vour to be fober, and temperate, and watchfni over his heart and waies, his words and actions. See more concerning watchfulnesse, in the fifth Chapter.

Thas much of the nature of true Repentance. I come now to some Directions concerning, it.

I. Remember, Repentance (though never so serious) is not to be rested in, as any satisfaītion for fin, or anytause of the pardon thereof (that being the act of Gods free Grace in Chrift) yet it is of such neceffary to finners, chac none may expect pardon without it.

'Tis necessary for these three Reasons. 1. Because God hath commanded it, and the Gospel enjoynes it, as a condition of the new Co

2. That we may taft something of the bitternelle of fin, that so we may the more carefully avoid it for the time to come.

3. To prepare and fit us to receive pardon, to dipose us into such a frame, as is futable to such a blessing

4. To make us fet a higher value on Gods pardoning Mercy, and Christs Merits, and Bloed. How dear and precious is Chrift to a foul truly bumbled for fin ?

II. Consider


II. Consider, As there is no fin so small, but it deserves damnation, so there is no sin fo great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent." 'Tis not the falling into the water, drowns a man, but continuing in it, not getting out again. No fin damnes a man, but as it is accompanied with firall impenitency and unbelief: Therefore the sin against the Holy Ghost is unpardonable, ben canje those that commit that fon do never repert, or flie to Christ for parden.

III. Look co it, that chy Repentance, and sorrow for thy fins, spring from Evangelical Motives, (such as are before mentioned,) and Aot meerly from shame or fear of Hell & wrath.

IV. Labour that thy sorrow for fin, may bear some proportion to che greatweffe of thy sins: Every small touch of sorrow may not be sufficient: As fin is the greatest of evils, so our sorrow for it should be the greatest forrow. Becake chy Self cherefore to a more solemn mourning, and renting of heart for the great fins of thy life, refusing to be comforced, with any worldly com: fort, till chou hast obtained thy pardon: But remember Godly sorrow is not alwaies to be measured by plenty of tears, and vehemency of exprefsions, but by the weight of it on the heart, by the deep dipleasure of the foul against sin:

be a deep, rational sorrow for fin, where there is no such outward passionate expressions of it.

V. Content

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V. Content not thy self with a general repentance, but know that it is thy duty to endenvour to repent of tby particular fins particularly: Do not slubber over this great duty (which so much concerns thee) with a slight, formal, geo neral repentance, as too many are apt to do. Many fins long ago commitced by thee, may still lie at thy door, if not repented of. Review therefore thy life past. Suffer thy Conscience to speak freely tothee,and to set tby fins in order before tree, and labour to be heartily hambled both for the vilene's and depravednefse of chy Nature, and for all che particular actual fins, failings, and miscarriages which chou findest thy self any way guilcy of. Repent of all fia chat lies, upon thy Consci

VI. Let thy forrow for fin be accompanied with a real forsaking of all known sins, and amendment of life: Content not thy self with a partial reformation.

VII. Set upon the practise of this great duty Speedily; now while thou art in bealth, before sicknesse surprize chee. Without repentance, ne hope of pardon, or peace with God bere; no hope of Glory hereafter: Now Conßder, that by repentance, the Scripture does not mean a sudden fit of confeffion, contrition, and promising amendment at last cast; (when a man can live no longer in fin, and is now afraid of Judgmenc) but areal shange of the mind, a turning of the heart from the


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