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would be ashamed of fuch a life. PhiloSopby, which the heathens called the nourishment of the soul, would produce far more excellent works. There is no need that we should be Christians, if we had no more noble ends than thefe.
For that man, certainly, doth not deserve the name of a Christian, who notwithstanding all the means of grace which God affordeth to him, doth strive to make himself equal with a beast; that bafely useth his noblest part; that is like a feather, toffed about with every wind; and yields himfelf up, in subjection to every pleasure; and cannot sustain the least load of grief; that vexes and frets at every cross, as if the devil ruled the world; and trembles at death as his greatest enemy.
God expecteth, surely, that we should. be men of another fort; and that Christianity should teach us more, than to live the life of heathens.
Let us therefore look into our hearts daily, and see if the love of Christ be there. Whether we eat or drink, or whatsoever elfe we do, let us confider whether he be
pleased. Let us go to him constantly in meditation and prayer, that he may know we love him. And let us intreat him by his holy Spirit to inform us, what he would : have us, to do; and then let us do it: with all our might. But to proceed. In the .;::
.. : "; V. Place, Let us maintain a longing in our fouls, after such another repaft. Let: us strive every day to keep up a spiritual hunger after this food, that fo we may not neglect the next opportunity which God; Thall give us of communicating; or if we. should die before we have one, yet heaven may find us prepared for the fealt which, shall be then compleated; Christ may find such holy longings after him, that our fouls may be received into his presence, and we may dwell in him, as he before : dwelt in us.: 63
cocina When we cannot outwardly communia. cate; yet we may, in:heart, and in spirit. Though we cannot always celebrate the mysteries; yet we may have the thing lignified in those mysteries, at all. times, and,
in all places y that is, we may with pidus affections, and holy actions, receive Chrift continually into our fouls.e9;s 7 b1!! ; Whenfoever: in remembrancē of Christi we are piously and devoutly affected, into an imitation of Christ; Wedo, 'in effect; éat his body; and drink his blood. .
But then, if we do constantly preserve fuch longings and hungering after this feast, and do at all times feaft upon him; we can' not pass by any occasion that God affords us, of receiving him in that manner that he hath appointed and blessed; and we cannot but be very forward to go to ret member him, when opportunity is pres fented, in the assembly of his people. The
6. VI. AND LAST direction, which I shall give in this matter, is this; - Let us be süre to live in charity with our brethren, to which we are in a special manner engaged by this facrament, and of which we make a most solemn profefsion.
103 i Letius behave oarfelves as servants in the fame family, "assons of the fame father, fag those who:have eaten of the same bread:
· L us be very careful, that we do not cover the coals of anger and contention under the athes for a night, and then blow them up again the next morning; but let us quite extinguish them, and utterly put them out,
Let not our evil surmises, our hard thoughts, our uncharitable and rąsh cen(urings, our differences and enmities, ever return again; but let that fentence run in our minds, Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.az
If he hath given his Son; if he still give him to us; if we feed and live upon his goodness; then let us love as brethren, and not fall out in our way to heaven.
And if we find our love to grow fick and weak, and to be fallen to decay; then let us come hither on purpose to revive it, and to raise it up again. If the lamp begin to burn dim, and to cast a very weak lights let us pour in more oil, that it may not go out. If our love begin to be cold, let us put this fire the oftener under it, that it may be kept in a flame. For we may als fure ourselves, that they who take up their
differences differences and enmities again, did never truly lay them aside; they did but mock God, when they came to this holy communion with a pretence of love and charity, their hearts not being thoroughly resolved to forget all injuries and offences. Or if they did seriously labour to put to death all hatreds; one great reason why they are not thoroughly mortified, is, bècause they use so rarely this powerful means of suppressing them, and keeping them in subjection.
To put a conclufion then to this difcourse mi Let us be advised, when we come from the table of the Lord, thus to meditate within ourselves :-We have received fresh pledges of the love of our Lord, and have made new professions of our own. What now doth the Lord require of us ? What have we that we can render back unto him? We have nothing but our love. And that alone is sufficient. It was love that brought God down to us; and love will carry us up to God. Love made God like to man; and love will make men like to God. Love VOL. IV. I i