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8

The Lift

of

GOD

natural and · unforced .propenfion toward

that which is good and commendable.

It

is true, external n1otives· arc n1any

times

of

great ufe to excite and

flir

up this in–

ward principle, efpecially

in its it1fancy

and weaknefs, when it is often fo languid,

that the n1an hin1fdf can fcarce difcern it,

hardly being able

to

n1ov~

one fiep

for–

·ward, but when he is pu.fhed by his hopes,

or

his fears; by the preifure of an affliCti–

on, or

the

fenfe of a n1e'rcy; by the autho–

rity of the law, or the pcrfuafion of oth–

ers.

Now, if fuch a perfon be confcienti–

ous and ·uniforn1 in his obedience, and

earnefl:lygroaningunder the fenfeof hisdul.–

nefs, and is defirous to perform his duties

with n1ore fpirit and vigour ; tb efe are

the

firft

motions of the divine life, which,

thoi1gh

it

be faint and weak, will furdy

be cherifhed by the influences of heaven,

and grow unto great<;r maturity. But

he

who is utterly defl:itute of thi s inward prin–

ciple, and cloth

not

afpire unto it,

but

con–

ten~s

11imfelf with

thofe performances

whereunto he is prompted by education

or

cuftom, by the fear of

hell,

or

carnal

notions o f heaven,

C?-11

no more be accoun-

-:-

ted

a

reli gious perfon, than

a

puppet can

be called a

111an.

This forced and artifi.. ·

dal

religion is comn1only

heavy

and

lan-

guid;