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6

The Lift

~f

GOD

n1ade progrefs in it, are not aCted 0'1ly

by

external n1otives, driven merely

by

threa–

tenings, nor bribed

by

promifes, nor con- .

firained

by

laws; but are powerfully in–

clined to that which

is

good, and delight

in

the performance of it.

The love

'\vhich a pious n1an bears

to

God and good–

n~fs,

is not fo n1uch by virtue of a con1-

mand injoining

him

fo to do, as by a new

nature

infirucring

and promp ting

him

to

it:

nor cloth

he

pay his devotion as an un–

avoidable

tribute only

t~)

appcafe

the

divine jufl:icc, or quiet his clamorous con–

fcience; but thofe religious excrcifes are

the

proper emanations of the divine life,

the

natural en1ployment of the new-born

foul.

I-Ie prays, gives thanks, and re–

pents, not only becaufe thefe things, are

con1manded,

but

rather becaufe he

is fcn–

fible of his wants, and of the divine good–

n efs, and of the

folly

ahd mifery of a

finful lif-e.

His

charity

is not forced, nor

his alms

extorted from him: his loye

1nakcs

hin1

willing

to

give;

and though

there · were no outward obligation, his

heart would

de7Jije liberal

things. ·

Inju–

fiice or intemperance; and all other vices,

are as contrary to

his

tt:mper and confl:i–

tution,

as the

bafetl:

actions

are to

the

mofr

generous

fpirit,

~nd

impudence and

fcurrility

..