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2. By using all Means to be reconcil'd,
2 Cor. V. 20.
not injur'd us. For,
4. GOD will not forgive us, S. Matt.
Rom. xii. 15. Amos vi. 6.
as we are able, Psal. cxvi. 6.
[ See this Duty explain'd upon S. Matt.
vi. 14, 15:
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. X. 42.
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.
HE Greatness of GOD's Judgments upon
not argue the Greatness of their Sins above others,
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.
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
I. The Sinfulness.
1. Knowledge, S. Joh. iii. 19.
2. Love, Isa. v. 4.
4. A fincere Endeavour to turn from it. 3. What is meant by Perishing ?
1. Temporally 2, Eternally
2. Confirmation and Proof.
1. GOD hath so appointed.
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.]