Abernathy - Houston-Packer Collection BX9178.A33 S4 1748 v.2

Of Patience. r S t they work patience. Our Saviour's tender, SERM. affeEtionate fympathy gives great encourage- VIL ment to his faithful difciples under all their tri- als; havingfaífèred, being tempted in all points as we are, only without fin, he is ready to fuccour thof who are tempted. The promife of divine affiftance by the Holy Spirit is the fupport of patience, and the joy of the Holy Gholi feems to have a fpecial relation to a fuffering Rate; and in a very peculiar man- ner that lifè and immortality which Chr hat brought to light through the gofpel, is the great encouragement of his afliited followers. For this caufe we fìaint not *, but though the outward man peril&, the inward man is re- newed day by day. For our light afic`i=ion which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. Who would not bear up with fpirit and refolution under adverfity, when not only he is affured that the event will be happy, but that the affliftions themfelves, light and momentary in comparifon, will greatly con- tribute to the promoting of that happinefs ? Such as thefe are the foundations of patience, which as it lignifies, a difpofition of the. * Cor. iv,. i6, ty. N 3 mind,.