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· Blessed Lord, all this by grace I know, and faithfully believe; and yet by nature I am still blind and ignorant, unable to discern, unwilling to desire those blessed things which are belonging to mine everlasting peace, but when thou (in thy rich mercy) shalt once open mine eyes to see the beauty of my heavenly home, I shall then entirely love it, and unfeignedly long for it; I shall then most wil. lingly forsake these tottering walls of my frail flesh, to dwell with thee in perfe& holiness and endless happiness, that frailty may be swallowed up of immortality, and immortality may be embraced by eternity:
O THOV which wert, and art to come, who haft sweetened death by thy perfect obedience, and. perfumed the grave by thy blessed sufferings, suffer me not in my last hour, for any pains of death, or terrors of hell, to fall from the fast hold of a true and lively faith, in thy promises, to lose the precious hopes of immortality, and sweet enjoyments of eternity.
Lord, let me then fay with thy blefsed apostle, that I know whom I have trusted, that he will keep what I have delivered to him, and restore it safely unto me at that day.
Let me seriously consider of the mifery of life, and blessedness of death ; acquaint me every day
with the remembrance of it, and bless me every hour with a desire unto it; that I may willingly unclothe myself of fin and misery, and joyfully be cloathed with immortality. .
O Lord, prepare me for that. blessed hour, and in my greatest weakness and extremity, even then when all the comforts of this wretched life shall fail me, Lord Jesus forsake me not, be not thou far from me,
O give me then that inward joy, that blessed comfort of thy holy spirit, that may support and comfort me in all the terrors and amazements of this dark and unknown passage, in all the dreadful accusations of the devil, and mine own accusing conscience,
Lord, let thy blessed fpirit then witness to my soul, that I am thy child, that thou wilt purge away all my dross, and take away all my sins; that I am powerfully protected by thy grace, and shall assuredly be made partakers of thy glory. -Amen.
FOON THE GREAT NEGLECT OF OPPORTUNITIES
IN DOING GOOD UNTO THE SAINTS,
W HEN I call to mind the richness, and the largeness of thy bounty towards me, I am much grieved at the coldness, and the carelesness of my affe&tions towards thine; each object of charity is an opportunity of mercy; if I neglect it, I am unkind to thee my Saviour, cruel to my neighbourg injurious to mine.own soul.
I am not, Lord, but steward of thine outward blessings, and it were now just with thee, to call me to a strict account:: if any of thy faints suffer, which thou sendest unto me for relief, their fufferings thou wilt surely require at my hands:: as each cup of cold water which I have given in thy name, shall not lose its reward, so each farthing which I owe unto thee in thy members, will assuredly require its everlasting punishment,
I have been to carefully solicitous for the things of this life, to carelessly negligent of the treasures in that to come: I have had many ways to deprive myself of my present comfort, of my future happi. nefs; when my talent hath been large, I have had no leisure; when little, no ability to works of mércy. The present necessities of thy faints have been daily neglected, upon the false pretence of fun ture opportunities; and those future opportunities again put off by the dilatory plea of mine own préa fent necessities: thus have I long kept myself in a circulation of self-cozenage, and have so lived here as if I were never to go hence, and were utterly ignotant for what cause I came hither,
From whence is this my great neglect of charity towards my brethren, but from my greater want of love to thee, my God, and from whence my disoc , bedience to thy precepts, but from mine unbelief. of thy promises ? Thou biddest me give, and hast pronised it shall be given unto mé, good meafure, shaken together, pressed down, and running over, Luke 6. 38. Thou commandest me not to be wearý in well-doing, and hast promised, that in due time I shall reap, if I faint not, Ephes. 6. 9. If I did believe the one, I should gladly perform the other; and whose word shall I take (Lord) if I dare to question thine ? All thy blessed promises are yea and amen, the beginning sweet, the end certain; as thou hast a bottle for my tears, and a bag for my
tragrelons, so thou haft also a book for mine alm.s-deeds, 4.15 10. 4 Not one of them shall be forgoties, but even the very least of them shall be grzcionir accepted, goriously rewarded; not for by work iasă, but for thy promise fake, not for mine cun lase, but for my Saviour's sake ; Lord, I can cert pinag at thy hands, but by thine own Decke
Ard oor, Lord, let me examine, what I have gained, by my want of charity. I have exchanged hearen to enjoy earii, I bare parted with thee my Savicur, in whom are all the treasures that are true and eternal, for tbe very basert part of earth, which is vain and uncertain; I have lost those blessed opportunities of doing good, which can never be re. called, and together with them, those rewards of itine, which sha!I never be enjoyed. I have of. fended thee my God, grieved thy faints, burdened mine ovn conscience, and been an uiter enemy to mine own salvation,
As my affediens have been frozen towards others, so have I justly found the gifts and graces of thy holy spirit, decaying daily in mine own soul; my love cold to thy law, mine ears deaf to thy precepts, my mouth dumb to thy praises, my faith dead to thy promises, my hope fainting, my zeal languifiling, my joy perishing. These are the