2. By using all Means to be reconcil'd,

2 Cor. V. 20.
3. By loving them, as well as if they had

not injur'd us. For,
1. Otherwise we fin, S. Matt. V. 44.

4. GOD will not forgive us, S. Matt.
2. In pitying the Calamities of others,
1. By being troubled at them, Isa. Ixüi. 9.

Rom. xii. 15. Amos vi. 6.
2. By helping them out of them, so far

as we are able, Psal. cxvi. 6.
3. By relieving the Necessities of others.

[ See this Duty explain'd upon S. Matt.
vi. 20. under the II. general Head, p. 84.

vi. 14, 15:


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USE. 1. Unless we be merciful, as our Father is merciful, the Profession of Christ's Religion will ivail us little, S. Matt. vii. 21.

2. This is look'd upon as our Perfection, S. Matt. V. 48.

3. If we be merciful to others, GOD will be so to us, S. Matt, vi. 14.

4. This is to imitate G'OD, and to be like Him.

S. Luk.

S. LUK. X. 42.

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But one Thing is needful, and Mary hath

chosen that good part which shall not

be taken away from her. I. THAT is imply'd here by needful? viz.

needful to Happiness, or the saving of our Souls, S. Matt. xvi. 26. and vi. 33. S. Job. vi. 27. 1 Cor. vii. 29, 30. 1 S. Joh. ii, 15, 16.

II. There is only one Thing fo needful, all other are needless, Prov. X. 2. and xi. 4. Ecclef. i. 3, 8. and ii. 11.

III. What is that one Thing needful? It is universal Righteousness, Prov. xi. 4. I Tim. iv. 8. S. Luk. xviii. 22. S. Joh. yi. 29. and xiii. 17. S. Luk. xi. 28. Hebr. xii. 14. Gal. v. 6. 1 S. Joh. iii. 23.

IV. This we should choose, as Mary did, At. XX. 24. before all Things elfe, Deut. xxx. 19. and use the Means for it, as she sat at Jesus Feet, and heard His Word, S. Matt. xviii. 23. Psal. xxvii. 4.

V. If we do so, we may attain it, S. Matt. V. 6. and it shall not be taken from us, but we shall both have it and keep it always; and so, be for ever happy through Christ our Saviour. Amen.


St. Luk. xiii. 2, 3, 4, 5. Ver. 2. And Jesus answering, said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were Sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffer'd such things?

Ver. 3. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

Ver. 4. Or those eighteen, upon whom the Tower in Siloam fell

, and sew them, think ye that they were Sinners above all Men that dwell in Jerusalem ?

Ver. 5. I tell you, Nay: but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

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not argue the Greatness of their Sins above others,
1. What do we mean by Judgments ?

Judgments are,
1. Either Spiritual, which always presup-

pofe great Sins, Rev. ii. S. Rom. i. 21,

22, 23, 24, c. 2. Or Temporal, which are no certain Sigas

of the Greatness of one Man's Sias above anothers.

1. GOD dispenseth them as He pleases,

S. Matt. V. 45

2. The greatest Sinners oft go unpunish'd

in this Life, Pfal. lxxiii. 3, 4, 5, 6.

Job xxi. 7, 8, 9. Jer. xii. 1, 2. Temporal Judgments are often spiritual Mercies, Amos'iij. 2. Hebr. xii.

6, 7, 10. USE S. 1. Wherefore, do not censure them whom GOD hath been pleas'd to lay His Hand upon.

2. Do not ascribe your Preservation to your oton Righteousness, but to GOD'S Mercy, Lam. üi. 22.

3. Have a Care of greater Judgments, even Spiritual and eternal.


Tho' we be exempted from temporal Judge ments, yet without Repentance we shall certain. ly perish. 1. Explication. 1. What is this Exemption ? Even our Preservation, especially in cala

mitous Times.
What is Repentance ?
1. A thorow Sensibleness of Sin.

I. The Sinfulness.
2. The Multitude, Pfal. xix. 12.
3. The Greatness, against

1. Knowledge, S. Joh. iii. 19.

2. Love, Isa. v. 4.
2. Humiliation for it.
3. Resolution against it, Pfal. xvii. 3.

4. A fincere Endeavour to turn from it. 3. What is meant by Perishing ?

1. Temporally 2, Eternally

2. Con.


2. Confirmation and Proof.

1. GOD hath so appointed.
2. Without Repentance our Sins cannot be

pardon'd, and so all the Punishment

due to them, shall be thrown upon 3. Repentance only can put the Soul into

a Capacity of enjoying Happiness. U SÅ S. 1. Instead of cenfuring others, examine your selves whether you have repented.

2. Do not look upon yourselves as safe and secure now preserv'd from GOD's Judgments, unless you have repented.

3. As you desire not to perish, repent. [Vid. Vol. VII. Serm. X. p. 322. of this Author's Difcourses.]

S. Lur.

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