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interest is concerned in thine, I have told you before, that he is an Hypocrite that will not be godly withouc the Hypocrites reward; and that can fail no further then he is moved by the wind of mans applause, or of some other worldly end.

4. Stick not in any externals of Religion, nor in notions and bar: ren uneffectual opinions. So far art thou Religious, as thy foul is engaged unto God, and thy life imployed for him : And so far thou dost truly worship him as thy heart is drawn up to him in love, and as thou doft fear him, admire him, trust him, and take thy pleasure in him. Think not, that it is a saving Religiousness, to be of such or such an opinion, or such a party, or such a Church, or to say over fo'many words of prayer, or to keep a task of outward duties ; or to be of a ready

voluble

voluble tongue, in Preaching,

Prayer or Discourse. Religion lyeth in the Heart and Life.

5. Indulge noi thy self in one known sin. Řetain no gross or will. full lin: Plead for no Infirmity, but make it the business of thy life to extirpate the relies of the body of death. Be willing of the most searching Word, and of the plaineft reproof, and of all the help thou canst get against so dangerous an enemy

6. Stint not thy self in any low degrees of holiness, but love, and long, and firive after the big beft. If thou bear a secret core of distast against those that outgo thee, it is a mortal sign. Thou must be perfect in defire, or thou art not fincere.

7. Walk alwaies as in the prefence of the holy, dreadful, heartsearching God : Remember that he seeth thy ends, chine affections,

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and all thy thoughts. Be the fame therefore in secret as thou art in publike, fincerely search the Word of God, and know what ie is that he would have, and that resolve on, if all che world thould be against it. Unresolvedness is hypocrisie : and temporizing or following the greater side, for the security of the Aesh, is no better. Never think thou canst be too holy, or too obedient. Bue make it thy study to do God all the fervice that thou canst, whatever suffering or cost it put thee to. Be not ashamed openly to own the cause of Christ. In the presence of the greatest, remember that thy mafter is so much greater , that they are worms and vanity to him. Take heed of culling out the easie and cheap part of Religion, and Jaying by the difficult and dear.

Thy Religion muit be as the heart in thy breast, which is alwaies

working,

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working,and by which thou livest; which cannot stop long, but thou wilt die. But the Hypocrites Religion is like the Hat upon his head, for ornament and Shelter from the weather, and not for life : in the night when none feeth him he can iye without it; and in the day he can put it off for the sake of a friend, and perhaps stand bare in the presence of a greater person that expectech it. So can the Hypocrite too oft dispense with his Religion.

8. Be hearty and serious in all thou doft. Hear, and read, and pray as for thy life. Sincority consistech much in serionsnefs. Remember thou are almost at another world! while I am speaking and thou art hearing, we are both hafting to our endlels stace.) how should men live on earth,chat must live here for fo short a time, and must live for eyer in heaven or

hell:

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hell: These things are true, and past all question : and therefore for your fouls fake lose not heaven by triling. Pray not in jeaft, and ferve not God in jeast, and resist not fin in jeaft,least you be damned in good fadness. When you are ac work for eternity, its time to do it with all your might. O what unconceivable mercies are now offered you ! O what an excellent price is in your hands ! and no. ihing is so likely to deprive you of the benefit, as dreaming and dally. ing, when you should be up and doing; as if this were not your business, but your play; and falvation and damnation were matters of sport. O do but fet your felves to the pleasing of God, and the saving of your souls with all your might, and ply it with diligence as your chiefelt work, and then you are out of the danger of the Hypocrite. But if still you

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