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heart be pestered with revengeful thoughts: take that sword in Mat.6.14,15. If ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will forgive you ; But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespases. If luft be stirring in chee, take that Sword in Mat.5.28. But I say unto you, whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, bah committed adultery with her already in his heart. If pride, cake that sword, 1 Pet.5.5. God refifts the proud, and gives Grace to the bumble. If Covetorfnesse, take that sword, Luke 12.15. Take heed and beware of sovetousneß, for a mans life confifteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And i Tim.6.10. The love of mo. ney is the root of all evil. Thus if thou art well acquainted with che word of God, thou maist find a sword co llay any inordinate affection, any rebellious iuft chat rises up in chee, ,
Prov.4.23. Keep thy heart with all diligence, for
out of it are the issues of life. Gal.5.24. And they that are Christs have crucia
fied the flesh, with the affections and lufts. Tit.2.12. Teaching 14 that denying ungodlines
, and worldly lufts, we should live soberly
, righteously, and Godly in this present world. Rom.8.6. For to be carnally minded is death, but
to be spiritually minded is life and peace. V.13. For if ye live after the flesh ye shall die,
but if ye through the Spirit do mortifie the deeds
of the body ye hall live. I Pec.2.11. Dearly beloved, 1 beseech you as
strangers asid pilgrims abstain from fleshly luffs
which war against the soul. Eph.2.3. Among whom also, we all had our conversation in times paft
, in the lufts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh, and of the mind, and were by nature the children of
wrath even as others. Prov.25.28. He that hath no rule over his owne
spirit, is like a City that is broken down, and
without wals. Prov.16.32. He that is flow to anger is better than
the mighty, and he that ruleth his pirit than he
that taketh a City. Eph.4.26. Bege angry, and fin not ; let not the
Sun go down upon your wrath.
sphereby ge are sealed to the day of redemption. V.31. Let all bitterresse, and wrath, and anger,
and clamour, and evil speaking be pat away from you, with all malice. V.32. And be ye kind one to another tender hearted, forgiving one another, wven as God for
Cbrisis fake bath forgiven yon. i Cor.14.20. Brethren be not children in under.
standing ; howbeit, in malice be ge children, but in understanding be men.
Ecclef.7.9. Be not hafty in the Spirit to be angry:
for anger refteth in the bofom of fools. 1 Jobn3.15. Whosoever hateth his Brother is a murderer, and ye know that no murderer hath
eternal life abiding in him. 2 Cor.12.20. For I fear, left when I come, I shall
not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not ; left there be debates, envyings, wrathi, ftrifes, back
bitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults. Jam.4.5. Do ye think that the Scripture faith in
vain, the Spirit that dwelleth in us lufteth to Jam.1.20. For the wrath of man worketh not the
righteousneffe of God. Luke 9.55. But be turned and rebuked them, and
Said, ye know not what manner of spirit je are
of. Jaho 13.35. By this shall all men know that ye are
my Disciples, if ye have lave one to another. 1 Pet.3-4. But let it be the hidden man of the heart,
in that which is not corruptible, even the orna.
Gods servants in all ages, have seen a great deal of reason, to resolve within chemselves, co take heed of offending with their tongues, and to pray earnestly co the Lord, chat he would please
to set a watch before their mouths, and to keep the door of their lips. 'Tis a great part of Religion, righcly to govern and bridle the tongue, if any man seemets to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, this mans religion is vain, Jam,1,26. And the transgression of the tongue is the racher co be watched against, because of the natural proxenesse that is in us to offend in that kind. We are exceedingly apt to fall into this fin partly, because of chat quick intercourse that is between the congue, and the heart, so that we finin an instant; partly, because speech is an A&t we perform without labour, and so we che more easily offend this way: And lastly, because the fins of the congue are very pleasing, and compliant with corrupc nature. Therefore Si Fames faith, fram. 3.V.2. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man. ic. Not
only a begiisner, but one chac is come to some i ripeneffe, and growth in Christianity ; his care
and watchfulneffe over his words, argues him
to be a found, sincere, and upright Christian. Oh s how much reason have we co be seriously hum
bled for the errours and miscarriages of our tongues ! Divide the fons of man into two parts, saies Nazianzen, and one half of them are the fons of the tongue. One reckons up twenty four fins
of the congue, and yet poflibly he hath not o reckoned all.
1. Taking Gods Name in vain, in ordinary communication.
2. Unlawful swearing. 3. Lying. 4. Cursing. 5. Perjury. 6. Blasphemy. 7. Rash and walawful vowes. 8. Heartlesse and hypocritical praying. 9. False accusing 1o. open railing, reviling and reproaching.
II, Secret defaming, backbiting, and whipe. ring:
Scoffing, jeering, scorning, giving blting quips and girds.
13. Ribaldry, filthy speaking, scurrulous jesting, rotten communication.
14. Menacing and threatning revenge.
20. Enticing and alluring to son and wickedneß.
21. Seducing into errosr. 22. Murmuring and repining. 23. Disclosing secrets contrary to promise. To all which may be added, 34. Sinful silence. Of which more afcerward,