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Practice of Charity) to the full Assurance of Hope unto the End. If they would have their Hopes of a future Life assured to them, the Way to do it, was to persevere in their diligent Attendance to Works of Mercy and Kindness, and Charity.

The Second Passage is that of St. John : Hereby (faith he) perceive we the Love of God 1 John 3; towards us, because he laid down his Life for us ;

16,8c. and we ought to lay down our Lives for the Brethren. But whoso hath this World's Good, and feeth his Brother hath need, and soutteth up his Bowels of Compassion from him, how dwelleth the Love of God in him; My little Children, let us not love in Word, neither in Tongue, but in Deed and in Truth, and hereby we know that we are of the Truth, and shall assure our Hearts before him. I pray mind that; by our charitable Disposition, and doing Good to our Brethren ; by this we koow we are true Disciples of Jesus Christ, and this is that that will assure our Hearts, will give us Confidence to appear before God at the last Day, when he comes to judge the World. And this is a Point that the Apostle thinks fo considerable, that he goes over with it again in the next Verse, Beloved, if our Hearts condemn us not (i. e. condemn us not as to this point of Love and Charity) then have we Confidence towards God, and whatsoever xe ask, we shall receive of him, because we do thoje Things that are pleasing in his Sight.

The last Texc to this purpose that I desire may be taken notice of, is, that of St. Peter, Above all Things, my Brethren, 'bave fervent Cha , Pct. 4.&.

rity among yourselves ; for Charity shall cover the Multitude of sins. Ó' how comfortable are these Words! There is none of us, even the beft, but hath a Multitude of Sins to answer

for : By what Means now must we obtain, PlaL 33.1. that these Sins Thall be covered ? that is, thali

be forgiven; for covering of Sins is the For. giveness of them in the Scripture-Language: Why, the Apostle hath directed us to the Method, Above all Things put on Charity ; for it is Charity that shall cover a Multitude of Sins. Charity is of that Power with God, that it alone is able to overcome the Malignity of many of our Sins and Frailties, that would otherwife do us Mischief: If any thing can make Atonement for the Carelefness and the many Failings of our Lives, and prevent the Punishment that is due to them, it is to be very Charitable, and to do much Good : Charity covers a Multitude of Sins in this Life. A great many Temporal Judgments, that would other. wife have fallen upon us for our Sins, are hereby prevented, and that not only private ones, but publick too ; And I think it no Po. pery to affirm, that Charity will cover a Multitude of Sins in the other Life also. That is, whoever is of a true charitable Disposition, and doth a great deal of Good in his Generation, tho' he may have a great many Infir. mities and Miscarriages to answer for; yet, if he be fincerely Vertuous in the main, and so capable of the Rewards of the other World ; his other Failings will be over-looked, they will be buried in his good Deeds, and the

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Man shall be rewarded notwithstanding. Or

if he be a vicious Person, and so must of nie:cessity fall short of the Glory that shall be re

vealed; yet still in proportion, the Good he - hath done in his Life, will cover the Multitude of

Sins. Though it will not be available for the : making him Happy, because he is not capa

ble of being fo; yet it will be for the lessen

ing his Punilhment. He shall be in a much : more supportable Condition among the Mi

serable, than those that have been unmerciful, or cruel, or uncharitable in their Lives. Otherefore what remains, but that consider, ing all these Things, we Thould be stedfast, ummoveable, always abounding in these Works of 1 Cor. is. the Lord; forasmuch as we know that our La 58.

bour shall not be in vain in the Lord; Giving all | Diligence to add to Faith, Vertue; and to Vertue, 2 Pet. so

Knowledge; and to Knowledge, Temperance; and sofos. to Temperance, Patience; and to patience, Godlineß; and to Godlines, Brotherly Kindreß; and to

Brotherly Kindnes, Charity. By our good Works, Ver. 10. e making our Calling and Election sure, (io fome Co

pies have the roth Verse of Pet. 1.) that doing these Things, we may never fall; but an Entrance may be ministred to us abundantly into the Everlafting Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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rity among yourselves ; for Charity shall cover the Multitude of Sins. Õhow comfortable are these Words! There is none of us, even the best, but hath a Multitude of Sins to answer

for : By what Means now must we obtain, Pal 33.1.that these Sins shall be covered? that is, thall

be forgiven; for covering of Sins is the For. giveness of them in the Scripture-Language: Why, the Apostle hath directed us to the Method, Above all Things put on Charity ; for it is Charity that shall cover a Multitude of Sins. Charity is of that Power with God, that it a. lone is able to overcome the Malignity of many of our Sins and Frailties, that would otherwife do us Mischief: If any thing can make Atonement for the Carelefness and the many Failings of our Lives, and prevent the Pus nishment that is due to them, it is to be very Charitable, and to do much Good : Charity 60vers a Multitude of Sins in this Life. A great many Temporal Judgments, that would otherwise have fallen upon us for our Sins, are hereby prevented, and that not only private ones, but publick too ; And I think it no Po. pery to affirm, that Charity will cover a Multitude of Sins in the other Life also. . That is, whoever is of a true charitable Disposition, and doth a great deal of Good in his Generation, tho? he may have a great many Infirmities and Miscarriages to answer for; yet, if he be sincerely Vertuous in the main, and lo capable of the Rewards of the other World; his other Failings will be over-looked, they will be buried in his good Deeds, and the

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* Man shall be rewarded notwithstanding. Or and if he be a vicious Person, and so muft of ne* cessity fall short of the Glory that shall be reI'vealed; yeč still in proportion, the Good he I hath done in his Life, will cover the Multitude of al Sins. Though it will not be available for the .: making him Happy, because he is not capa

ble of being fo; yet it will be for the lessen be' ing his Punishment. He shall be in a much

more supportable Condition among the Mi6 ferable, than those that have been unmercis, ful, or cruel, or uncharitable in their Lives.

Otherefore what remains, but that consider,

ing all these Things, we should be ftedfast, be umoveable

, always abounding in these Works of 1 Cor. is. o the Lord; forasmuch as we know that our Laes bour shall not be in vain in the Lord; Giving all 1 Diligence to add to Faith, Vertue ; and to Vertue, 2 Pet. 1:

Knowledge; and to Knowledge, Temperance ; and 5Gr. a to Temperance, Patience; and to Patience, Godlie neß; and to Godlines, Brotherly Kindres; and to

Brotherly Kindnes, Charity. By our good Works, Ver. 1o e making our Calling and Election Juré, (io fome Coa * pies have the ioth Verse of Pet. 1.) that doing

these Things, we may never fall; but an Entrance may be ministred to us abundantly into the Everlafting Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Chrift.

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