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these bands have a comforting and also a refreshing virtue. They bring the oil of joy sooner or later to the foul. The way of the Physician in this is, “According to thy faith, fo be it unto thee.” And thus the broken-hearted eat of the hidden manna, they get the white stone, and in the stone a new name written, Rev. ii. 17.

V. IT now remains that we make some improvement of this subject. It may be improved in uses of information, reproof, --confolation,and exhortation.

First, In an use of information. 1. This shews us the love and good-will of God to help poor finners, especially broken-hearted ones. He has provided a glorious Physician for them, having remembered us in our low estate. O the love of the Father in investing his Son with this office! O the love of the Son in undertaking it! Especially considering, what it behoved him to undergo, in order to provide the medicines ; his own heart had to be broken, that sinners might be healed. We may learn,

2. The preciousness of our fouls, and with all the desperateness of the diseases of fin. Sure it behoved to be a desperate disease, and the patient at the same time very precious

in the Lord's fight, for which he employed such a Physician. A phy, fician of less value than an incarnate God, would have been a physician of no value for a brokenhearted sinner. No medicine less than his blood could have been effectual, else the Saviour's heart had never been broken for blood to cure it.-We may see,

3. To whom we must go with our hard hearts. O the reigning plague of hardness of heart this day among all ranks! Ordinances, providences, mercies, judgements, cannot break them. - Alas ! There is little occasion to speak to broken-hearted

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finners this day; it is the least part of our work, I to get their hearts healed. We cannot go with

whole hearts, as broken. What can we do with them ? Carry them to Christ. He who can heal broken hearts, can surely break whole hearts. He is exalted a Prince and a Saviour, to give repen. tance to Israel, and forgiveness of fins, Aas, v. 30. A look of him would do what nothing elle can do. When the Lord Jesus looked on Peter, then Peter remembered his sins, and went out, and wept bitterly, Luke, xxii. 62,-- We shall improve this subject,

Secondly, in an use of reproof. This do&trine preproves and condemns,

1. Those who, when their hearts are any way sbroken for fin, go not to Chrift, but to physicians of no value : Hos. v. 13. “When Ephraim faw this fickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Afryrian, and sent to King Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor eure you.

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your wound.” The Spirit of the Lord is at work with the hearts of many to break them for fin, who zmar all by their hafte to be healed, which carries schem to other physicians than Christ, who may palliate the difcafe, but never can effect ually cure it. These are;---the law, which is now weak through the flesh, Rom. viii. 3. The law may wound the soul, but can never heal it: Rom. iii. 20. “. By the deeds of the law shall no feth living be justified in his fight, for by the law is the knowledge of fin." Yet many go to it for healing, namely, when they go about to pacify their consciences, .not by a believing application, and sprinkling of Christ's blood, but by their own prayers, vows, repentance, amendment of their ways, and the like. The law indeed may give them a palliative; by these things their consciences may be blinded and, bribed, but the disease is still rooted in them, and will break forth again at laft, when there is no remedy, if not sooner, by the mercy of God, to prevent their final ruin.---Throng of worldly business. When Cain's heart was wounded, and he could not get out the sting which gailed his conscience, he went to this physician, he went from the presence of the Lord, and built a city, Gen. iv. 16. 17. To this many run at this day, who, when their consciences begin to stir within them, fill their heads and hands with business, till they get conscience quiet. This palliates the difease by way of diversion, while it will make it only like a gathered dam, which will at length break down the wall, and overwhelm the soul with aggravated sorrows: Isa. xxx. 13. " Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whofe breaking cometh suddenly at an instant."-- Jovial company: So Saul, in his distress of mind, instead of calling for his Bible to read on, calls for musicians to play in hini.

And it is not to be doubted, that many a man's convictions are drowned in the ale-house, hushed to filence at revelling-meetings, these fupports of the devil's kingdom, people are so fond of; and many good motions are fpoiled and laughed away. This palliates the disease by fearing the conscience, and making it fenfeless. But it will awaken again on them like a lion roused up, and rent the caul of those hearts which have been fo healed, Hof. xiii. 6. 8. This doctrine reproves,

2. Thofe who offer themselves physicians to the broken in heart, in opposition to Christ and his method of cure. There are such agents for the devil, who, like the Pharisees, wilt neither

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