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The

LIFE

of

the

Li

.

I.

a&ual

Love and Obedience

to God,

as

tocommit

this

particular Aet

of

Sin,and re-

mit

or omit

that

A

&of

Love.

6.

And

this

it

is poffrble

for

a

Juftified Perfon

to

do

upon

fome deliberation

:

For

as

Grace mayftrive one

i

iftant

only in one A&, and

then

be fùddenly over-

come ;

fo_

it

may ftrive longer, and

keep

the Mind on Confideratons

of

re-

¡training

Motives, and yet be overcome.

7. For

it

is

not

the meer

Length

of

Confideration which

is

enough to excite

the Heart

againft

Sin,

but there

mutt be

ekantefi

of

Light

,

and

/km/m;(7

in thole

Confederations

:

And fometimes a fudden Conviétion

is

fo

clear

,

and great,

and

fenlible, that in an

infant

it

ftirreth up

the

Soul

to

ars

utter abhorrence

of

the

Temptation, when the

fame

Man at another time may

have all

the

fame

thoughts,

in

fo tleepy a degree

as

null

not

prevail.

And

fometimes

the

weaknefs

of

Grace

as

much appeareth

by

making no refiftance

at

all, by caufing deliberation

(

even

in

Sins

of

Patlionand Surprize)

as

at other

times

it doth,

by

yielding after dull deli-

berations..

8.

And though

a little

Sin

mutt

be bated,

and

univerfal

Obedience

mull prove

our

Sincerity, and

no

one

Sin

mutt

be wilfully

continued in

;

yet

it

is

certain

that

God's

Servants

do not oft commit

Sins

materially

great and heinous (as

Fornication,

Drunkennefs, Perjury, Opprellion, Deceit,

&C.)

and yet

that

they

often

commit

fome

left

Sins,

(

as

idle

thoughts, and

idle words, and dulnefs

in

holy Duties, de-

fe&ivenefs

in the

Love

of

God,

and omiffion

of

holy

Thoughts and Words,

&r.)

And that the

Tempter

oft getteth advantageeven with them,

by

telling them

that

the

Bin

is

/mall,

and

fuch

as

God's

Servants

ordinarily commit

;

and

that

naturally

we

fly

with greater fear from

a

great

danger

than

from

a lefs

;

from

a

wound at the

heart than

a

cut

finger

!

And therefore one reafòn why

idle

word,

and

fsnfulthoughts

are

even

deliberately

oftner committed than molt

heinous

Sins,

is

becaufe

the

Soul

is

not

awaked

fo

much

by

fear

and

care

to

make

relftance

:

And Love needeth

the

help

of

fear in

this

our

weak

condition.

q. And

it

is

certain

that

ufufally

the

Servants

of

God,

being men

of

'molt

know-

ledge,

do thereforefin

againft

more knowledge

chan

others do

;

for there are

but few

Sins,

which they know not to

be Sins

:

They know that

idle

Thoughts

and Words,

and the omiflions

of thecontrary,

are their

fins.

ro.

There

are

fume

Sins

of

fuch difficulty

to

avoid,

(as thediforder

or omiflîon

of

holy

Thoughts,

and the defe

&s

of Love to God, ôc'c.) and

Rune

Temptations

prong,

and the

Soul in fo fluggifh

a

cafe

to

raft,

that good

Thoughts

which are

in deliberation

ufed

againft

them,

are

borne down

at latt , and

are

lets effe-

&ual.

t

x.

And our prefent ftock

of

Habitual Grace

is

never Efficient

of

it felt,

with-

out Co-operating Grace

from

Chrift

:

And therefore, when

we provoke

him to

withhold

his

help, no wonder

if

we

fhew

our

weaknefs,

fo far

as

to (tumble in

the

way to

Heaven, or

to

ftep

out into

forne by

-path, or break over

the

hedge, and

fometimes to look back, and

yet

never to turn

back,

and go again from God to the

World.

ea. And becaufe

no

fall

of

a

Saint,

which

is

Venial,

an

l

fhmity,

confiftent with

Grace, doth

either deftroy the

habit

of

Love and Grace

,

of

fet

up

a

contrary

ha-

bit

above

it,

nor yet pervert the

feope

and

bent

of

the

Converfation,

but only pre

-

vaileth

to

a

particular

A

&,

it therefore

followeth, that the

Soul

rifeth up from

fuch

a Sin by

true Repentance, and that

he

new

Nature or Habit

of

'Love

within

us,

will work out the

Sin

as

foon

as

it bath

advantage

:

As

the Needle

in

the Com-

pafs will

return to

its

proper

Point,

when the force that

moved it

doth

ceafe

;

and

as

a

running

Stream will

turn

clear again, when

the

force

that

muddied it

is

pall.

And

this

Repentance will

do

much

to

increafe

our

,hatred

of

the

Sin

, and

fortifie

us againft

the next Temptation

:

fo

that though

there

beforne

Sins,

which through

our great Infirmity

we daily

commit,

as

we daily repent

of

them

(as

difordered

Thoughts,

defe

&s.

of

Love, negle&

of

God, &ç.) yet

it

will

not

he

lb with thole

Sins

which

a willing,

fincere,

habituated Penitent

bath

more in

his

power

to

raft

out.

13.

And

yet

when

all

is

done,

Sin

will breed fears,

(

and the more

,

by

how

much the more

deliberate

and

wilful

it

is

:)

And the heft way

to

keep under Doubts,

and

Terrours,

and

to keep

up

Comfort,

is

to keep up

ÄEtua! Obedience,

and quick-

ly and

penitently return when we have

finned.

This

much.I thought meet

to

fay

for

the

fake

of

others

wha

may

fill into

the

fame Temptations andPerplexities.

f

7.

The