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makes our desires comply with the event, and so takes out the sting of it.
And he that in the school of Christ hath learned to determine his desires when his needs are served, and to judge of his needs by the proportions of nature, hath nothing wanting towards riches. Vice makes men poor, and doth ill endure it. But virtue makes even poverty rich; for he only wants, that is not fatisfied. And besides that Christ hath promised to us all things needful, (provided we do our duty); and that we find great securities and rest from care, when we have once cast our cares upon God, and placed our hopes in his bosom; besides all this, the temperance, fobriety, and prudence of a Christian, is a great income; and by not despising it, a small revenue accumulates by degrees, till it becomes lufficient for the purposes of neceffity, and justice, and charity. Whilst vice is unwary, prodigal, and indiscreet ; throwing away great revenues as tributes to intemperance and vanity:
To these if we add, that virtue is hos nourable, and a great advantage to a fair
reputation, that it is praised by them that love it not, that it is honoured even by the followers and family of vice, that it forces glory out of shame, honour from contempt, that it reconciles men to the fountain of honour, the almighty God, who will honour them that honour him; there are but a few more excellencies in the world, to make up the catalogue of temporal felicities.
AND now, upon the strength of these premises, the yoke of Christianity must needs be apprehended to be light, though it had in it more pressure than it hath. Because lightness or heaviness, being relative terms, are to be estimated by compa: rison with others.
Christianity is far easier than the yoke of the law of Mofes ; not only because it consists of fewer rites, but also because those perfecting and excellent graces, which make up the body of our religion, are rendered easy by God's assisting, and the gifts of the holy Spirit.
And · And if we compare the state of Chriftianity with sin; this whole discourse is intended to represent, how much easier it is to be a Christian, than a vile and wicked person. And he that remembers, that whatever fạir aļlurements may be pretended, as invitations to a fin, are such false and unsatisfying pretences, that they drive a man to repent of his folly, and ex, pire in weariness and indignation; that man must needs confess himself a fool for doing that, which he knows will make him sorry that ever he did it. · Sin makes a man a coward, and in all dangers distracts him; affrights and visits him when he comes to die, upbraiding him with guilt, and threatening him with misery.
So that Christianity is the easiest law, and the easiest state; it is more perfect, and less troublesome; it brings us to felicity by ways proportionable, and leads us to rest by easy and unperplexed journeys.
These considerations therefore may be useful, to reconcile our religion with those paffions and desires, which are commonly
made the instruments and arguments of sin.
Henceforth therefore let no man complain, that the commandments of God are impossible ; for they are not only possible, but easy; and they that say otherwise, and do accordingly, take more pains to carry the instruments of their own death, than would serve to ascertain them of life. And if we would do as much for Christ, as we have done for fin; we should find the pains less, and the pleasure more.
And therefore such complainers are without excuse. For certain it is, they that can go in foul ways, must not say they cannot walk in fair. They that march over rocks, in spite of so many impediments, can travel the even ways of religion and peace; when Christ is their guide, and the holy Spirit is their guardian, and infinite felicities are at their journey's end, and all the reason of the world doth entertain and support them in the travail of the pal