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cion be mentained among the Members of Chrifil there be pot Gharity; if Charity be wanting, all our Religion falls co the ground, and is nothing bow big foever our pretentions may be, as the Apostle plainlie cells us, 1 Cor. 13. and allo Color. 3. 14. Put on Charity which is the bond of perf. Einess; and that as bove all these things spoken of before, giving Charitic the preheminence,
6. Ornam. A kring of precious Pearls & Jewels; bence says Christ of His Spouse, Song. 4. 9 Thou haft ravithe my Heart, my sister, my Spoule, thou haft ravitht my Heart with one chain of tby Neck, I will point at some of these precious Jewels that are a part of the Cbriftians adorning,
"He precious Jewel of Christian.contentment,
or chac hidden Pearl of inward satisfaction of mind witb our Lort and Condition as God cari Vech it out onto us; difficilia quæ pulchra, the belt things are manie cimes hardest to come by ; tbis is a rich purchase when poffeft, but O what ie cofts ebe Believer co come at the poffeffion of it; the onreas sonable appetice of man, Atill expeð more than he bath, though he gets more than he expected;few
are content with their present Lott, though they ' know not but the next change may be to their roin
the greatest contentment that some find, is to feed their discontented mind with the vain bopes of new things, and other things than now they enjoy bne
Chriftian that hatb the excellent Pearl of true
contentment, bath greater riches than all the image Barie contentments, that the Fools Paradiso can als ford, for such is both the nature of changable things, and also the genius of chaogable Man, that bole changable things can never yeeld solid conteniment to bis changable mind, for whatever be bis Lott or Condition, be is fill in Am&uation to bave it orbers wile, as laich Horace,
seccsncmo quam fibi foriem
Gontentus viviscus, i.e.
Nor cbat wbicb Providence harb sent. And the weaker that the heart of man is, the greas ter proof is it of the strength of the grace of God, to arive at contentment, bence the Apolle cris umpbs in this attainment, Phil.4.11:12. I have learns ed in what focver fatt lim, there with to be content &c. but there is something to do ere ye come by this Jewel, therefore conlider these four Conditions of Sale.
1. Condir, Ye must be dissatisfied and malcons feptented witb your lelves, because ye have taken lo much cardal contentnient in worldlie things;have you not taken inordinat satisfaction in the embraces of your beautifull Wives; in the fight of your pleas fant pretty little Children; in your wise & wealthy Friends;inyour rich Ceffers;in your flourishing Trade; in your honourable Preferments and orber worldlie Bleflings; 1 say have ye nos blefled your selves in all
thele, as if your blessedness did coolilt in them to the bazard of negle&ing Chrilt, and che tblags that are above, I dare tay at your latter end, when ye will tee this your way your follie; ye will reflect on this with small contentment.
2. Genuit. For the future resolve on a deniedoels to worldlie enjoyments, under the wife contidera tion of their Vanity, danger, & uncertainty of them, nilnon moriale tenemus, a loose grip of sublunarie contentations,
belp us to be the better content with alterations, and Ipeciallie feeing it is not in our power to impede or avert the changes of our Love, for no more can we hinder the constant changes & vicillitudes of the things under the Moon, then we can stop the Moons monthlie naotions and coorfes, wbich will observe her appointed changes wbitbei we will or no.
3. Condis, Make a full unreferved reggnation & robmillion of your all to be ac Gods free difpofal;pai a subscribed blank in His hand to 6
or exponge, to alter and change as seemeth good in His Sight; in this case a Believer would have nothing to quars relor carp at, but be obliged to say under all emers" gencies and providences; I have said to the Lord, de as Thou wilt, therefore I will endeavoor to will what Thou dost,wbo does all things well & wisely.
4. Condir, Be thankfull in all things, and wbatever may be the Revolutions and Changes of your Lott, though to the worse, yet bless God that it is not so ill as you deserve; if we were onder ehe doe confideration of our great and grievous guile, and
be Holiness, Justice and Power of that God
we have offended, we would be afraid & ashamed outter any complaints under the leverett cempoyal calamities we meet with, for Atill there is realon lo lay it is of the Lords mercses rupe ar: not contumed, Job 1, 21. Tbe Lord gave, and the Lord barb token uway, bleßlied beibe Nowe of the Lord.
A second precious Jewel, is, the spiritual Joy of he Holy Gbott
, cbat lometimes so strongly pertutes hespirits of Believers with sensible (weet ravish. menis, tbat they cannot fully express their joyous ens Gymn: nis; when they are upon their selfexaminatis ons and when in tbe light of the Lord they come to ead their names written in the Book of Lite, by he legible characters of fucb and such graces in exercise, wbicb are their clear evidences of an assured totereit in Chrift, Obow can they but rejoice with
joy unspeakable and full of glory: when they conides that they were loft and
are found again, tbat hey were far off and are now broughe near, tbar hey were dead buc now are alive, how can their Searts bot leap for joy; and berein they share of some Irops of the oyl of gladness that falls from Heaven, be glorified Saints and Angels there rejoicing over ine Sinner that is converted unto God, Luke 15. 7. 10. And this divine joy is such a matcbiess pearl.tbae he joy of the world is but a contemptible peble in Comparison of it; for the joy of the world is said to je as the crackling of thorns under a pot that foon safleth away, Ecclef. 7. 6 and moft liklie will be bllowed with intollerable forrows that never eva. silh, as Bucbanon says apud Jepbib,