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sires he doth not answer, and be censured by almost all, whose wills and humours he doth not fulfill and chat is, moft, that have a felf that ruleth at home, and therefore they think should be the Idol of others, as it is their own : and that are but unacquainted with the reasons of those things that do displease them. Its little comfort to us to do good, if we cannot bear the estimation of doing evil, and cannot lose all the observation acknowledgement and applause of man, as if we had never done the good at all. It is far from Christian perfection to be honest, and godly, and sincere, if we must reeds be accounted to be as we are, and cannot patiently be esteemed difhonest, ungodly, and hypocritical; and be judged worst, when we are beft , what have the servants of Christ lost their lives for in fames, and by other sorts of torments,boc.
for the best of their service, and greatest of their piety and fidelity? When dogs bark at passengers, commonly it fignifiech but two things, viz. that they are persons that they know not, or that they hate : but it is no sign that the persons are bad, or poor, or sick: For be they never so bad and mi: serable, if they know them, and love them, the dogs will not bark at them. See that thou be not an Hypocrite, and then it must be accounted a small matter by thee, to be called an Hypocrite : yea if persons that fear God themselves Thall so esteem thee, it is no other affliction but what thou must be armed for, and patiently undergo. Even from the godly through mistake, we oft suffer most for our greatest duties, and are censured most for that which God and conscience most approve us for, and lose our reputations for that
which God would be greatly offended with us if we did otherwise. As ever then you would not prove your felves Hypocrites, see that you look not for the Hypocrites reward, as Christ calls it, Matth. 6. 2. which is, to be approved of men, be they good or bad men, their overvalued applause may be but the Hypocrites reward. To be content and
patient in doing well, and being judged to do ill;and in being good, and being judged to be bad, is the property of him that is fincere indeed: therefore to be unthankfully requited, and reviled, and spit upon, and buffeted, and framefully used and put to death, even by those whose lives and souls he had with greatest care and condescension, pittied, this was the pattern of love and self-denyal that was set us by our Lord. And though we cannot reach his mea
sure, fure, and distempered Christians find much ftrugling before they can bring themselves to pacience, under such ingratitude and unworthy usage from the world, especially from their mistaken froward brethren, yer in some prevailing measure, it must be done. For he that cannot serve God without the Hypocrites reward, is but an Hypocrice. If he will not be a Christian, obedient, charitable,diligent, faithful, for heaven and the pleasing of God alone, he is not a Christian indeed. And, alas, what a pitciful reward is it, to be thought well of, and applauded by the tongues of mortal men? How few were ever.the more holy by applause? but thousands have been hurr,if not undone by it. Thou givest all thou hast to the poor : thou spendeft thy self wholly, and all that thou hast for the service of God, and the
good good of others : Its well: it must be so. But after all thou art censured, Nandered, vilified and unthankfully, and unmannerly ured. And what of that ! what harm doft thou fear by it? what advantage thy pride and selfishness might have taken , even by due applause and thankfulness, its easie to perceive : But now, the temptation is taken out of thy way : thou art secluded from all creaturecomforts, and so art directed and almost forced to look up to the love of God alone: Now thou haft no other reward before thee, ics easier to look fingly on the Saints reward. When God hath po competitour, to whom elle then canft thou turn thy thoughts ? when all others abuse thee, it is easiest to have recourse to him. When earth will scarce afford thee any quiet habitation, thou'lt surely look to heaven for rest,