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and as fure as death, judgement will follow : And as the sentence is then, so will every one's lot hold on to eternal ages, without ever coming to a period...
Considering therefore, how unchangeable our state will be, whether in woe or bliss; and how our everlasting fortunes depend upon the use we make of our time now ; -- we are infinitely concerned to redeèm what is lost, with a very quick hand, left our loffes prove utterly irrecoverable.
The time here is short at the best: The pleasures of sin are but for a seafon : The world passeth away gradually : People every day go away before us: And a few feet of earth will in a little time serve to hold, the most insatiable and troublesome man that is in it now. . .
It would be a wise thing to look forward, and to consider, in what a little space there will be an end of a man's fins and vanities here. In a few years, pofterity (to be sure) will see a vast alteration : There, the haughty head laid low; there, the unconicionable oppreffors cut down ; there, the luxurious thrown to nourish and fatten
worms; there, the envious eye closed; there, the mouth of the profaner stopt; and there, a full end put to vicious courses here: in all which time, the souls of those miserable wretches are gone off, with an eternity of guilt upon them, to an eternity of punishment.
All which things we should seriously lay to heart ; and from thence be induced, to make the right use of our present time, and to redeem that which is paft. Whereunto nothing can quicken our endeavours so much as this one thing, namely, To consider, what will become of us, if we do not.
Be doing daily.
[From Dr. PELLING.on Time. )
HEB. iii. 13. Exhort one another daily, while it is called · to-day ; left any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of fin.
H E better and wiser fort of bea
thens advised men, to make choice
of a scheme of virtue for the rule of their lives; and to order all their actions according to it day by day. As thus; To begin their works with earnest prayers to God; to honour God before all things; to have a religious regard for oaths; to reverence their parents; to love their friends; to delight in good men ; to keep the body, with all its faculties and desires, in subjec
tion; for very shame to abstain from every thing that is evil, both abroad and in private; to practise virtue with sincerity of heart; to look upon riches as a thing that perisheth, and as fuch to flight them; to ftudy how to resemble God in the difpofitions of the mind, and to make that one's aim and pleafure; to be contented with one's condition, and at all times to fubmit to God's providence, who often gives good men these outward matters with a fparing hand; to be inflexible and conftant in a virtuous course ; to weigh one's actions well beforehand, and to consider the nature and consequence of them; to observe temperance and moderation ; to be meek, and patient, and juft, and cautious in all cases.
Such rules as thefe, some of the ancient moralists directed people to live by daily, And then, every night before they went to sleep, they directed them to examine themfelves strictly, how they had spent the day; that, if they had lived according to rule, they might have for their prefent reward,
the pleasures and joys of a good conscience ; but, if they had tranfgreffed, that they might repent, and thereby learn the better how to amend their lives the day follows ing. To this end, before you take your repose, say they, ask yourself, wherein you have transgressed; what you have done ;-and so, look over all your actions the day past, two or three times, that no one thing may escape scrutiny and examination.
This was great advice, especially for heathens to give. But the fame falls with a redoubled weight upon our consciences, when enforced by the commands of the great author of our religion and immortal happiness. The covenant given us by our Saviour, carries with it a prospect of far better things than the heathens had any assurance of, and therefore bindeth our Saviour's injunction the more firmly upon us, when he requireth us to be earnest and constant in our duty, and to suffer no day to pass unprofitably by us; but to exhort one another daily, while it is called to-day,