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of vanity in the world to come ? Darest thou say, when thy thoughts are roving to the ends of the earth in duty, when thou scarce mindest what thou sayest or bearest ; now, Lord, I ain sowing to the
spirit, now I am providing and laying up za for eternity, now I am seeking for glory, z bonour and imıncrtality, now I am strive
ing to enter in at the strait gait, now I am taking the kingdoin of heaven by an holy violence ? O such a consideration as ! this, should make the multitudes of vain
thoughts, that press in upon thy heart in duty, fiy seven ways before it. And thus I have shown you how to keep your hearts in the times of duty.
7 Season. “The seventh season, calling for more than common diligence to keep the heart, is, when we receive injuries and abuses froni mpen. Such is the de
pravidness and corruprion of man in his collapsed state, that one man is become a wolf, a tyger to another ; they are, as
the prophet complains, Hab. i. 14. as "the fishes of the sea, and as the creening
things, that have no ruler over tien).... ' And, as wicked men are cruel and oppressive one to another, so they conspire together to abuse and wrong the people of God, as the same prophet complains, ver. 13. The wicked devoureth the man
" that is more righteous than he. Now, * when we are thus abused and wronged, • it is hard to keep the heart from reveng, 'ful motions ; to make it meekly and ..quietly to commit the cause to him that
judgeth righteously ; to exercise no other affection but pity towards them
that abuse 'us. Surely the spirit that is • in us lusteth to revenge : but it mus:
not be so ; you have choice hielps in the “gospel to keep down your hearts from
such sinful motions against your enemies, t and to sweeten your imbettered spirits.' The seventh case then shall be this,
7 Case. How a christian may keep his heart from revengeful motions under the greatest injuries and abuses from inen?
The gospel indeed allows a liberty to vindicate our innocency, and assort our rights, but not to vent our corruptions, and invade God's right ; when therefore thou findest thy heart begin to be in flansed by revengeful motions, presently apply the following remedies; and the first is this,
! Rem. Urge upon thy heart the severe prohibitions of revenge by the law of God. Remember that this is forbidden fruit, how pleasing and luscious soever it be to our viciated appetites. O saith nature, sevenge is sweet, O but, saith God, the effects thereof shall be bitter : how plaid. ly hath God interdicted this filesh pleasing
sin ? Prov. xx. 22. Say not, I will re2 compense evil. Prov. xxiv. 29. Say not,
I will do so to him as he hath done to me.
for evil ; and ver. 19.- Avenge not your3: selves, but rather give place to wrath': De nay, that is not all ; but, Prov. XXV. 21.
if thine enemy hanger, feed him : If he ir thirst, give him drink. The word feed m him, as critics observe, signifies to feed
cheerfully and teriderly, as birds do their young ones : the scripture is a great friendto the peace and tranquility of human societies, which can never be preserved, if Tevenge be vot deposed. It was wont to be an argument urged by the Christians to prove tlieir religion to be supernatural and pare, that it forbids revenge, which is so sweet to nature ; and verily it is a thousand- pities such an argument should be løst. Well then, awe your hearts with the authority of God in these scriptures ; and when carnal reason saith, mine eneny deserves to be hated, let conscience reply, but doth God deserve to be disobeyed ? Thus, and thus hath he done, and so he
wronged me ; but what hath God done, that I should wrong him ? If he dare be so bold to break the peace, shall I
be so wicked to break the precept ? If he fears not to wrong me, shall not I fear to wrong God ? O let the fear of God's threatnings repress such sinful motions.
2 Rem. Set before your eyes the most eininent patterns of meekness and forgiveness, that your souls may fall in love with it.
This is the way to cut off those common pleas of the flesh för revenge ; as Thus, 10 man would bear such affrout. Yes, 'such and such have borne as bad and worse. I shall be reckoned a coward, a fool, if I pass by this : no matter, as long as I follow the examples of the wisest and holiest of men). Never did any suffer more and greater abuses from men than Christ did, and never did any carry it more peaceably and forgivingly, Isa. liii. 7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth : he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, &c. This pattern the apostle sets before you for
your imitation, 1 Pet. ii. 21, 22, 23. For even hereunto are you called, be. cause Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example that we should follow, his steps : who, when he was reviled, reviled not again ; when he suffered, he threatened not, but cominitted himself to him that judgeth righteously. To be of a meek
forgiving spirit, is Christ like, God like ; then shall you be the children of your
Father which is in heaven : for he maketh his to rise upon the evil, and upon. the good ; and sendeth rain on the just, and on the unjust, Mat. V. 45. How eminently also did the spirit of Christ jest upon his apostles ? Never were there such men upon earth for true excellency of spirit : noue were ever abused more, or suffered their abuses better : being reviled, (said they) we bless ; being persecuted, we suffer it ; being defamed, we intreat, i Cor. iv. 12, 13. Mr. Calvin, though a man of a quick spirit, yet had attained such a degree of this Christ like forgiveness, that, when Luther had used some opprobrious language of bim, the good man said no more but this, " al" though he should call me devil, yet
I " will acknowledge hini to be an eminent
servant of Jesus Christ.”
I have often heard it reported of holy Mr. Dod, that when one, inraged at his close convincing doctrine, picked a quarred with him, smote him on the face, and dashed out two of his teeth '; this ineek servant of Christ spat out the teeth and blood into his hand, and said, “
see bere, you have knockt out two of my teeth,