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not expe&t to be admitted There without Humility. 3. Meekness is a Distinguishing part of Christian conversation; all Causeless or Immoderate anger, the Raging heats of Sudden passion, and the more settled and fixed Sullenness of Malice and Revenge, together with all Railing and Reviling, Turbulency and Clamour being direétly Opposite to theSpirit of the Gospel, which breathes nothing but Peace and Gentleness, Mildness and Forbearance. And this Virtue of Meekness is not only required of us, as it is the great condition of our receiving the Ingrafted/Word, in the Best manner, and to the Best Purposes, or, as it is a Disposition of mind, Best fitting and preparing us to receive Spiritual and Saving Knowledge; But it is recommended to us, in a Peculiar manner, by the Command and Example of our Blessed Lord, * Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly, and ye shall find rest unto your Souls. Since his Life was one uninterrupted Scene of Invincible
* Mat, xi. 29.
ment; since Compassion, and Forgiveness, and Beneficence were the only Returns which he made to the basest Indignities, and most virulent Provocations; since the Ornament of a meek and quiet Spirit was thus Inviolate and Illustrious in Him; and since we are Infallibly as. sured, that if any Man hath not the Spirit of Christ, he is mome of His; Therefore . Angry and Boisterous Men can have no just reason to esteem themselves his Followers, or to hope for his Favour. No Soul, but what is adorn'd with Meekness, can Possibly be received into those Mansions Above, where Tranquillity and Serenity, Concord and Complacency shall be the Ornament and Delight of all the Blessed Inhabitants for ever. 4. Charity is a Principal Qualification in a Christian. The Necessity and the Excellency of this Virtue will easily appear to any one, who does but confider, that if the most Eminent Duties to God and Man stand separated from it, they are Trivial and Contemptible. * Though
* I Cor. xiii. 2, 3.
D d 3 I had I had all Faith, so that I could remove
Mountains, and have no Charity, I am Nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor; and though I give my body to be burned, and have not Charity, it profiteth me nothing. A man's whole Life spent in the most exalted Aéts of Faith and Devotion towards God, and in a most Laborious and Expensive course of Beneficence to his Neighbours, if this
Grace should not be the Foundation of it,
would neither have any Excellency or Value in it self, nor give Him any claim
or Title to a Reward. . Our Blessed Lord hath taught us, that on these two Commandments (wherein the Love of God, and of our Neighbour is required) hang all the Law and the Prophets. Charity does, at once, most Esfeótually Excite us to Duties, carry us on, with Delight, to the Accomplishment of Them, and recommend them as Odours of a sweet smell, sacrifices acceptable, well pleasing to God. Charity is the Band of Perfeóness: The Harmonious and Blessed union of Hearts and Minds, amongst Christians, is grounded * †.
in it; and the Connection and Completion of all Other virtues depend upon it; Faith it self is made Perfect by it; and the seeds of it cannot fail of producing a Plentiful Harvest of Good //orks. 'Tis the Purest and the Noblest offering that Man can possibly make to God, in this Life; and the Eternal exercise of it is to be the Source of eternal Bliss in a Future State. All those therefore, who are Destitute of Charity, must
Unavoidably be Excluded from the man
sions of Bliss. 5. Hope is another great Branch of Christian Conversation. 'Tis, in it's own nature, a most Powerful Instigation, and pusheth us on, in a manner not easily resistible, through the Use of the Means, to an attainment of the End we have in View; And, as Future happiness is the Commanding Aim and View offincere Christians; the Hope of it is ever Irritating and Pressing them forward, in the Pursuit of it. Every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure". Whilst the men of the * 1 John iii. 3.
D d 4 World World do either yield themselves entirely up to their Corruptions, or, at best, struggle but very Faintly against them; the Faithful Servanrs of Chrift are Strenuous, and Constant, Resolute and Brave in performing the great work of Sanétification. For they have Hope as an anchor of the soul both sure and fiedfast, and which entreth into that within the 'veil”; into the regions of Eternal Glory, which were Typified under the Law, by the most Holy place, within the Veil. Whilst
we are tossed, in our spiritual course, by the Sharpest Trials and Afflićtions, by the swelling Waves of our Sinful Passions within, or the most Ruffling and Vio. lent. Temptations from without; the Power of a Lively Hope still secures us from Shipwreck, abundantly strengthens and supports us, amidst all Dangers, and preserves us Steddy and Immoveable in our Voyage, till we Safely arrive at the Haven, where we would be. Let us therefore, under all our Infirmities, and in all our Distresses, have Recourse,