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all his goodness to.us, as we arę, his cream tures, and as we are Christians. The day, itself is a type of heaven, and the eternal rest; and therefore our work in it should better accord with what is done in heaven, where they cease not day and night from praising God.- triciclist

We ought to praife him for all the best nefits of this life, for all the means of health, for all kinds of qualities and changes of seasons, and such like mercies which we should commemorate, not only at the Sacrament, buti afterwards, when we may more largely think how much we are beholden to him for his goodness. We have at the facrament been praising him, but we have not praised him enough, and therefore ought not to cease to praise him, That day ought to be unto us more than a mere Shadow of heaven 3 yea one day is too fhort, every day ought to have something of this in it, and to be:a good day unto us. And then shall eternity be joyful, and the everlasting day, shall“ give us light long enough to perfect his praiseseis..

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II. As we thould fpend a great deal of the after-part of the day, in fuch acts of praise, so fome time ought to be spent in an after-examination.

Let us make some folemn refledions upon our behaviour when we were before the Lord; and if we find our minds not to have been so seriously intended, and our hearts not for deeply affected as we did defire.we thould caft down ourfelves bums bly at the feet of our Lord, and beg a pars don of our loving Saviour, and earnefily intreat him, that he would help us now by an after-act, that we may be able to do that, which we should have done before.

Or else, we may be excited to rejoice the more in his goodnefs, and to blefs him for the refreshments he hath afforded us, and to render him more bearty thanks that he hath fatisfied us fo abundantly with his goodnefs, and made us to drink of the rivers of his pleasure... i

: III. Let us spend some time afterwards, in strengthening of our purposes, and con forming our resolutions of a more holy obe

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dience; that so there may be fome fruit feen of this day, in many others that follow, till the folemnity shall return again.

Let us labour to fix and plant the meditations we have had, so strongly in our minds, that they may Thoot their roots to the bottom of our hearts, and nothiog may be able to pluck them up. Let us possess our hearts so much with those persuasions, that when a temptation comes, we may reject it with disdain.

Let us make our fouls so sensible of Christ's presence with us, that we may readily think upon every occasion on this manner: How is it fit that we fhould treat our gracious Lord, who is become so united unto us ? Shall we offend him by any ungracious actions; or displease him by any unhandsome thoughts ? Shall we be fo addicted to the world, that we. Ihall forget to retire and converse with our dearest Saviour? Shall we fo perplex ourselves in business, as to omit to pray, to meditate, and to give praises to him? Let us consider, that we have stedfastly purposed, to keep God's sighteous judgements. And to incite every

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öne the morė, to do his endeavour thus tờ Itrengthen his resolution, let this one thing be seriously considered; namely, The more carefully we walk with God, the less labour we shall find to prepare ourselves against the next communion; with the less pains shall we dress up our souls to come to another feast: There will be some relish of 'the former food left in our hearts, and we Thall be in a suitable disposition, to perform the same acts again. Moreover, Every rei turn to sin after these engagements, makes it more intolerable, and more highly difpleasing to God and our Saviour. "After å man hath feriously considered, how hateful Tin is in its own nature, after he hath res Tolved against it, and folemnly covenanted to avoid it, the finis more black and deadly, and (in the langưage of holy fcripture) be cometh exceeding finful.' *.' !)

And if sin be so displeasing to our Sao viour, that he was willing to suffer any torment, and even death itself, that he might destroy the power of it ; how cani we think that he will stay and make his abode with us, if we again offend him;

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and make no conscience to watch over our ways, and avoid all temptations, and shun all occasions of sin? How can he-endure, that we should admit any thing in competition with him ;":67.!

He is the high and holy One's he expects. to be treated honourably, and like unto himself; that we hould behave ourfelves as becometh fo noble a presence ; that we fhould live soberly,: righteously, and godly. And then, as he hath come to us, fo he will abide with us, and will manifest him. self to our souls; acquaint' us with more of the secrets of his religion, and the delights that are in an holy life. For so he saith to his disciples, He: that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, be it is that loveth, me: and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him, and will manifest myself unto him. Which same thing he repeateth over again, in other words, thus; If a man love. me, be will keep my words ;; and my Father will love him; and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. envio i H h 4

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