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disposing to pick and steal, cheat, and catch any little advantage they can get of their neighbour without being discovered, that one can trust them no farther than they see, is most dishonouring to God, as if either he did not see, or else did ap

3dly, Be readily disposed to the duties of humanity, doing good to your neighbour, being kind, merciful, and compassionate to them that are in distress and need : Col. iji. 12. Put on therefore (as the elect of God, holy and beloved) bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering. This honcurs God in a very particular manner: Luke vi. 35. 36. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again : and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unte the unthankful, and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is mer. ciful. And it has much encouragement by promile: Prov. iii, 9. 10. Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase. So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy prelles shall burst out with new wine. Plal. xli. 1. 2. 3. Blessed is he that considereth the poor ; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive, and he shall be blessed upon the earth; and

wilt not deliver him into the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing :' thou wilt make all his bed in bis sickness. A selfish, unkind, unsympathising, narrow spirit, is a great stain on an otherwise fair character. 4thly, Be the same in secret when no eye sees

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you, that you would be in public.' This will much honour God, when the conscience of his eye being on you, is as forcible to restrain you from evil, as the eyes of the world would be ; as was the case with Joseph, Gen. xxxix. 9. when he said to his lewd mistress, How can I do this great wickedness, and fin against God? O what do the practisers of secret mischief think of God! They can do a mischief unseen, and then 'cover it with a lyé. But alas ! is there not a God in heaven, that sees himself dishonoured by such practices ? See Prov. xxvi. 26. Open shame, or else à secret stroke, will be the consequence, Job xx. 26.

5thly, Shew yourselves on God's side, in the midst of the dishonours done to him in the world. For ye muft either join issue with the dishonourers of his name, or else testify against them : hence says our Saviour, Matth. xii. 30. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth abroad. If you have no heart nor brow to appear for God, while ye see him dishonoured, remember what God accounts of that, and how he will treat it: Mark viii. ult. Whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his father, with the holy angels. Beware of being partakers with other mens fins ; but set yourselves to be a check upon fin in others, and witnesses against it, elfe ye honour not God.

6thly, Commend the way of God and religion to others, and encourage good motions where ye can perceive them. Grace is communicative for the honour of God; and every gracious person is

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disposed to propagate religion. Hence said the Lord of Abraham, Gen. xviii. 19. I know him, that he will command his children, and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment, &c. The wearing out of that so much now, from what it was in former years, is one of the black symptoms of the decay of religion at this day.

7thly, Learn to bear troubles in the world with a Christian patience, meekness, resignation, and holy chearfulness. This doth exceedingly tend to the honour of God; as you fee exemplified in the worthies mentioned Heb. xi. There is a de. {pising of the chastening of the Lord, wherein the. proud and foolish scorn to be lowered by the rebukes of Providence, wherein the Atheism of the heart, and contempc of God appears. There is a fainting under the rebukes of Providence, wherein unbelief appears. Both are dishonourable to God, and to be guarded against, Heb. xii. 5. The middle course is to God's honour.

Lastly, Walk with God in a conscientious performance of the duties of

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Itation. Hence is that exhortation of the Apostle's, 1 Cor. vii. 24. Brethren, let every man wherein be is called, therein abide with God. That is the sphere wherein ye are set to honour God: and God is much honoured that way. It is exemplified in the case of the priests, Mal. ii. 6. in that of wives, i Pet. iii.

1. 5. and in that of servants, Tit. ii. 10. No man can live to the honour of God, who does not carefully notice, and diligently pursue the duties of his station, to the honour of God.

I shall give you a few motives to live to the ho. nour of God.

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Mot. I. God is the author of thy life. The life and being thou hast, thou hast from God: Rom. xi. ult. For of him, and through him, and to bim are all things : to whom be glory for ever. Amen, Therefore remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, Eccl. xii. 1.

And since he is your first cause, is it not reasonable that he be your chief end? The life which you had from him, will ye not improve for him?

Mot. 2. God is the preferver of thy life, Hence fays David, Pfal. xxxvi. 6. O Lord, thou preferuell man and beast. For every moment's life thou haft had, thou art his debtor. Thy life is continually in his hand, to prolong it, or take it a. way, as seems good in his fight. If he should but withdraw his upholding hand, thy life would presently go.

Every moment there must be a new outlerting of influence from him for preservation of thy life. How unacountable must it be then not to live to his honour? This was a grievous charge against Belshazzar, Dan. v. 23. The God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, haft thou not glorified." ; - Mot. 3. God is the giver of all thou halt where by thou mayst honour him. Haft thou a tongue whereby thou art capable to speak for God, and hands to act for him ? he gave them to ice. Haft thou any health, strength, wealth, and reputation, whereby thou art in capacity to honour him? all is from him ; and shall not his own be used for him? - Hence faith David, Chran. xxix. 14. All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. Is it not facrilegious to do otherwise?

Mot. 4. God puts opportunities in thine hand for honouring of him. As he has given thee means

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whereby thou mayst honour him, so his providence lays to thy hand opportunities calling thee to use them, Luke xix. 13. Every opportunity is a providential call, to lay out what the Lord has put in thy hand for his service. And, it will be found dangerous to hide one's talents in the carth, and not lay them out for God.

Mot. 5. There are some who are deprived of those abilities or occafions ye have to honour God. So the whole Pagan world is deprived of gospellight, which we all have; the sick of those which the healthy have. The not improving of them then will aggravate your condemnation, Matth. xi. 21. It is sad to be cumberers of the ground in God's vineyard, taking up room in it uselessly, which others might improve to good advantage.

Mot. 6. Ye have forfeited by lin all your abili. ties, opportunities, and your very life. God might jusly have taken them all from us, and made us as incapable to speak or act for his honour, as we have been unwilling to it. But his patience has suffered us long, and he has done us good though unthankful and evil, if peradventure there might lead us to repentance. Shall not this engage us to live to his honour?

Met. 7. This was the design of the redemption purchased by Christ, Tit. ii. 14. Who gave him self for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Man was made at first for the honour of God : fin entering rendered him unfit for that his great work. Therefore Christ died that they might be again brought to live to God's honour, Eph, y. 25. 26. 27. If then ye are not so living, it is an evidence Christ's redemption

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