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Christians should make Conscience of Let not the creachery of false brechren disbearten you : He is the right Souldier that is not discouraged by those that run away, but still presseth on to victory. In a word, lay not out your zeal on externals, or opinions and the smaller matters of Religion. Look to it, that there be in you an unfeigned and fervent love to God, his Truth and children: Let most of your daily care be about the right ordering and governing of your hearts and affections : Labour to mortifie lusts, and advance Grace. TO conclude this, separate speedily from the fins of Christians, but never from the Ordinances of Chrift.
9. Count chose yoar best friends chat lovingly and faithfully admonish you of any sin or evil they see you going on in. If you were going ignor antly into a beuse infected with
the plague, you would think that man your friend that pluckt you back, and acquainted you with your danger. What a madnesse tben is it for any man to be offended and Angry with him that out of true good will and charity to his foul, desires to preserve him from eyerlasting perdition. Can it be thought by any fober man a malicious thing to endeavour to save a fool from fin and Hell?
16. Take heed of prejudices against a strict and holy walking with God, The Lord delle ver you from that mad opinion of the world, that like not serving God so much, nor making so
muchado co be saved. Consider is there any thing in the world doth better deserve your care and dihgence, and will better pay you for it? I know carnal people think the way of Religion a melancholick and sad way; But I must not pare to tell them the trith; They will never live a cruly safe, peaceable and comfortable life, till they are converted, and have engaged their hearts in an humble, holy walking with God. They ignorantly flee from Godlineffe as from sorrow and trouble', bist the truth is, they flee from joy and peace. What should trouble chat man that is a member of Chrift, and has escaped out of the power of Satan, and is freed from the wrath of God, and the danger of everlasting misery?.
o Neighbours ! let not the ignorant scorns and senseleffe reproaches of wicked men discourage you. He that halb good grounds to believe that be shall live for ever in Glory with God and his holy Angels as soon as bis soul parts from bis body, I think is a happy man, and so will be acknowledged by every one that has not lost his reason and understanding. There is a time coming when the proudest and most stubborn finner will be gladto change condition with the meanest Saint. Let me therefore intreat all those that have entercain'd any hard thoughts of the waies of Godlineffe, but to make criall what a holy life is s and if they do not find more comfort in a serious curning unco God, and in a fincere endeavour to approve
their hearts into him, then in the waies of lin, let them take their course, let Heaven go.
11. Nourish and maintain a cendernesse of Conscience: Be very circumspect in your daily walking. Look upon fin as the greatest evil. Make up every breach between God and your souls betimes. Pray carnestly for the guidance of the Spirit of God, and to be kept from Tempraci
13. Have a care of your Familjes, chat crue Piety and Godlinefle may be countenanced , cncouraged and promoted in them. Let your houses be Bechels, bouses of God, and not Bechavens, houses of iniquity. If you negle&t familydoties, and the religious observation of the
Lords' day, and private instruction, and fo let -: those under your care be ouzled up in ignorance, = propbanenessc and ungodlincfie, provide to an
swer it to God when he shall call for you. Remem. ber, I faithfully warned you of the fin and dan
ger of such neglects. I cannot expe&t Religion I hould ever much thrive among us, till Gover
nours of Families be careful to train up those under their Government in the Principles of crue Piecy,
and in the Nurture and Admonition of the - Lord.
Lastly, Labour to maintain peace and love y among your selyes, Mark 9. 50. Have falc
in your selves, and peace one with another. Labour to get your hearts seasoned with the graces
of humility, self-denial, and crue Charity, and this will keep you in peace among your felves. Let there be no heart-burnings, contentions, brawlings, backbitings or defamings heard of among you. Help one another on cowards hea ven. Imitate that which is good wherever you find it, but learn evil of no man. Encourage one another in the waies of Godlioesse. Abhor to draw or intice one another to any finfull course or practise. Do all offices of kindnesse and humanity one for another. As you have opportunity, let it be your desire and endeavour to do good to every body, hurt to no body. Learn that bard leffon of forgiving wrongs and injuries, and praying for, and withing well to those that are your enemies. 'Tis a hard lesson, buc Gods Spiric can teach it you. Remember our Saviours Words in Macih, 6. 14; 15. For if ye forgive men their crespasses; your hea venly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive noe men their crefpafles, neicher will your Father forgive your crespasses. And the words of the Apostle, Col.3.12. Put on chereforè ( as the elect of God, holy and beloved ) bowels of mercy, kindnesse, humbleneffe of mind, meeknesse, long-suffering. 1.13. Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave you, fo also do ye. v. 19. And above all thele chings pur on Charity, which is
the bond of perfectnesse,v.15.And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to che which allo ye are called in one body, and, be ye thankful. I Jball conclude with thai divine and affectionate exbertation of the fame Apoftle, Phil 4.8. Finally brethren, whatsoever chings are true, whatsor ever things are honest, whatsoever things are jult, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whacfoever things are of good report; if there be any vertue, and if there be aoy praise, chink on these chings.
And now O Lord, chou who hast put into the hearc of thy unworthy servant to write chese things for the good of chis people, be chou pleased by the gracious and effectuall working of thy holy Spirit, to make chem useful to them, (and to all others into whose hands chey Thall come ) for che promoting knowledge, Faith, and obedience among them, and the furthering of their salvacion. What is here agreeable to thy holy Will, write upon their heares. O lecić not be in vain that this help is afforded chem. Grant successe (I humbly beseech thee), to this poor endeavour, and take thou all the Glory. Good Lord give this people a right understanding in all things. Guide them in the way wherein they should
go, to accain eternal life. Open the eyes of che ignoranc among them, turn the hearts of the prophane, reduce the erroneous, and encrease thy Graces