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heed of doing any such things as may make Religion stink in the nostrils of profanc men: Take heed of doing any thing that is not justifiable or warrantable, and which may be an active scandal unto others. Indeed there are paffive scandals and offences, fuch as wicked men take through their own corrupt and malicioas hearts, as che Pharisecs did ar Christ; Buc fuch people destroy themselves, and like Serpents, turn everything they eat into poifon : But the true Chriftian is cender of Gods Glory, and the repute of Religion ; and therefore dares not do ruch things as are unwarrancable. If Auguftus could say, an Emperor should not only be free from crimes, but the very fufpition of them: How much more should true Christians labour to be such, who are commanded to abstain from all appearance of evil? 1 Thes,5,22. Do nothing therefore that is misbecomming a real Christiao. As No bemiah once said, shall fruch a man as I flee? Nehem.6.13. So do thou reflect upon chy felf, when tempted to any evil action : shall such an one as 1, lie, swear, deal deceitfully; be proud, be covetous, be carthly minded, &c. o! it ever thou shouldft be overcome with such things, thou maist fay to chy self truly, what Michal said falsely to David, Thou hast made thy self like one of the vile and base ones of the earth.
Thac therefore chou maift be che more seriQusly watchful over all thy actions take these three directions.
1. Look carefully to the principle, the spring, the rise of them. Observe from whence all thy external obedience flowes: Does it come from an inmård principle of Grace, from a fanctified heart,
from a new Nature, from a principle of Faith, and # Love? or from external motives, and ontward .respects and considerations? 'Tis not the matter
that makes the work good, but che principle: Some things may be done (før the matter good) and some external obedience performed by meer natural men, and that either for credit, or upon the impulses of natural Conscience, out of borsdage, and a servile frame of spirits like fruits that are ripened by are and force, not naturally and kindly; but 'cis not enough to do actions good and just as to the matter, but we must do them out of love to God, and obedience to his will, and in Faith expecting our reward from
2. Look co thy rule. Is the Word of God che rule and square of thy actions > Thy Word is # a light to my feet, and a lantborn to my paths, saies
David, Pfal. 119 105. And as many as walk dc** cording to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy,
and upon the Israel of God, saies Paul, Gal.6.16. Many people wacch in a disorderly way; They have no Lian or Rule, but their own lufts and corrupt wills ; no guide , but their own blind passions and humours. But if chou wouldst order thy actions aright, cake the Word of God for thy
Look to thy aing and end. Thy main and ultimate end muit be Gods Glory. A Christians whole life should be a living unto God, Gal.2.19. All that is done, be it an act of Piety, Fuftice, Temperance, or Charity, it should be done with this aim, that God might be glorified thereby. In all thy actions therefore, whether natural, civil, or spiritual, chou must ftill designe the Glory of God: But of this we have spoker more under the fourth particular of this chapter. Jam.2.12. So speak ye, and so do as they that shall
be judged by the Law of Liberty. 1 Pet.1.15. But as he which hath called you is holy,
so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. 2 Per.3.11. Secing then that all these things shall
be dißolved, what manker of persons ought ye to
be, in all holy conversation and Godlineffe ?? Mac.7.22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord,
Lord, have we not prophesied in thy Name? and in the Name bave cast out Devils ? and in thy Name done many wonderful works? V.23. And then will i professe sento them, I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work
iniquity. Heb.12.14. Follow ห peace with all men, and holi.
, nelle, without which no man shall see the Lord. Tit. 2.17. who gave himself for us, that he
might redeem us from all iniquity, and purifie unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
1 John 3.3. And every man that hath this hope in
him, purifieth himself even as he is pare. Eph.5.15. See then that ye walk circumspectly,
not as fooles, but as wise.
are evil. · Col.4.5. Walk in wisdom towards them that are
without, redeeming the time. 2 Cor.1.12. For our rejoycing is this, the testimo
ny of our Conscience, that in fimplicity, and Godly sincerity, not with
fleshly wisdome, but by the Grace of God, we had our conversation in
the world, and more abundantly to you-wards. Ifa.38.3. And Hezekiah said, remember now, o
Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee irs truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy fight, and Heze
kiah wept fore. - Acts 24.16, And hereix do 1 exercise may felf, to
have alwaies a Conscience void of offence toward
God, and toward mer. Jam.1. alt. Pure Religion, and undefiled before
God, and the Father, is this, to visit the fa. therlesse, avd widowes, in their affliction, and
to keep himself unspotted from the world, Jam.2. ult. For as the body without the spirit is
dead, fo Faith without workes is dead also. Mar.5.16. Let your light fo shine before men, that
they may see your good works, and glorifie your Father which is in Heaven.
Prov.16.17. The high way of the upright is to de
part from evil, he that keepeth his way preserva
'eth his soul. Ezek. 36.27. And I will put my Spirit within you,
, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye
shall keep my Fudgments, and do them 1 Cor 6.20. For we are bought with a prices
therefore glorifie God in your body, and in your
Spirit, which are Gods. 1 Tim.i.s. Now the end of the Commandment is
charity, out of a pure heart, and of a good con
science, and of Faith unfeigned. a Tim.2.19. Neverthelesle, the foundation of
God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord kuometh them that are his, and let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from ini.
quiry. Eph 4.1. I therefore, the Prisoner of the Lord be.
seech you, that ye walk worthy of the vocation
wherewith ye are called. Luke 3.8. Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of
repentance 2 Cor.5.10. For we muf all appear before the judgment seat of Christ
, that every one may receive the ihings done in his body, according to
that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Rom 12.2. And be not conformed to this world,
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your irind, that ye may prove what is that good, that * acceptable and perfect will of God.