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THE
PRACTICE

TRUE DEVOTION,

IN RELATION TO THE

END, AS WELL AS THE MEANS,
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RELIGION.

WITA AN

OFFICE FOR THE HOLY COMMUNION.

Great Peace have they that love thy Law, and nothing shall affend

them. Psal. cxix. 163.
Dum beatam quærunt vitam, beatam agunt; et dum adhug amo

biunt, jam consequuntur. S. Euchen.

BY ROBERT NELSON, ESQ.

THE TWENTY-THIRD EDITION.

TO WHICH 18 ADDED,

· THE CHARACTER OF THË. AUTHOR.

London :
PRINTED FOR F. C. AND J. RIVINGTON,
Booksellers to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge,

NO. 62, ST PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD; .
By Law and Gilbert, St. John's Square, Clerkenwell

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THE

PREFACE.

The present divided State of Christianity, is fo melancholy a Confideration to all Pious and Good Men, who thoroughly apprehend the dreadful Consequences of it; that they do not more frequently lament, than they do most fervently beg of God a fovereign Remedy for those unhappy Divisions that prevail in the World, and labour as earnestly in their several Stations to suggest such Methods as may prove most effe&ual to preserve the Unity of the Faith; und may have the greateft Tendency to reconcile the Minds of Men to one another.

It is but too manifest, that among the many visible ill Effects of Parties, we may reasonably reckon, as a very considerable one, the great Decay of the Spirit and Life of Devotion; for while Men are so deeply concerned for their several Schemes, and pursue them with the Vigour of their Minds, and the Bent of their Affections; the folid and fubftantial Part of Religion is apt to ecaporate; and “ Charity, the very Bond of Peace and of all Virtues, without which whofoever livethis counted dead before God,"is but too frequently made a Sacrifice to those Differences that divide us. Not that any should forbear contending for the Faith once delivered to the Saints, Jude, ver. 3. according to the Exhortation of the holy Apostle; but that they should remember, as the fame inspired Writer advises, when they build up themselves on their most holy Faith, that they pray in the Holy Ghost, and keep them

selves

selves in the Love of God; looking for the Mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal Life, ver. 20, 21.

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In order therefore to give fome Stop to this growing Evil, the following Method of Devotion is recommended to the constant Practice of all such Christians, who are not willing to content themselves with only a Form of Godliness; and who are not defirous to be found among the Number of those that go such a fauntering Pace towards Heaven, as if they were indifferent whether they arrived or not at those Mansions of Bliss: The Dehgn whereof isto fix in their Minds the great Duties of Religion, and to give them Hints how to exercise the same in their Thoughts, Words, and A&tions; and morcover to press them to a frequent and serious Use of the Means of Grace, with that Aim and Purpose that they may be transformed by the renewing of their Minds.

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