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Live righteously: Do to others, as you Serm. would others should do unto you. Attend
VII. much to relative duties. Behave as you ought to superiors, equals, inferiors, agreeably to your rank and station. It is easie to perceive from the epistles of Christ's Apostles in the New Testament, that much of religion lyes herein: And that they are very imperfect Christians, who are defective in relative duties.
4.) Be persuaded to accustom yourselves to private prayer. This may be understood to be included in a preceding direction. Nevertheless I have chosen to mention it here particularly and expressly. Pray, as you are able. Use the compendious prayer, which our Lord taught his disciples : or some other prayer, suited to your age and condition. What you want, aik God for. Look up to him, and humbly entreat his gracious and watchful care and protection. Say: "O
Lord, I am thine. Thou haft made me, " and I have promised to serve thee. Thou “ knowest my weaknesse, and all the snares " and dangers that surround me. Do thou
keep me from evil, and vouchsafe unto me “ all those good things, which are needful " and convenient for me, I would acknow
SERM. ledge thee in all my ways: Do thou dia VII. “rect my steps. Grant, that I may
serious“ ly attend to, and carefully emprove all “ the means and helps, which thou affordest “ me for obtaining true holinesse, and for
persevering therein, notwithstanding the temptations I may meet with.
May I “ chearfully perform all the duties and ser“ vices, owing from me to those; to whom “ I stand related, and with whom I converse, " or have any dealings. And may I so “ ferve and honor thee on earth, as that I
may be received in thy due time to the “ joys of thy heavenly and eternal king« dom."
5.) Once more, ever remember the importance of right conduct. This is not a matter of indifference, or of but little moment, But all depends upon it. Good and evil, life and death, are set before you. Therefore choose the one, and refuse the other. -Sin is a root of bitternesse. It yields
bitter fruit, torment and vexation of mind. II. xxxii. But the fruit of righteousnesse, or virtue, is
quietnese and assurance forever.
Moreover, it should be considred, that you have been brought to Chrift, and instructed in the
principles of religion. If after you have had SÉRM. some knowledge of the way of righteouf
VII. neffe, you should turn from it, your case would be extremely sad and deploreable. But I trust, you shall not fall
persevere to the end, and at last be placed at the right hand of the judge of the whole earth, and, together with others, hear that gracious sentence and invitation : Come, ye
Mat. xiv. blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom, prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
The Happinesse of having religious
2 TIM. i. 5. When I call to remembrance the un
feigned faith, that is in thee : which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice : and I am persuaded, that in thee also.
HE ensuing discourse is chiefly
intended for the benefit of my T
younger hearers. And upon oc
cation of this text I would propound these several observations,
SERM. I. It is an advantage to be descended of VIII,
pious parents, and other religious an
tend to the instructions, and imitate
rate from the virtues of their familie.
parents in such things as are good and
where there is a general agreement and
friends and relatives, and the se-
1. It is an advantage, to be defcended of
pious parents, and other religious an
cestors. This is evident at first sight. If piety, or any virtue, be preferable to irreligion, and to vitious dispositions and practises, it must be an advantage to be related to such as are religious and virtuous. It cannot but м