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disc. enjoined to live in fobriety and purity, to subdue à turbulent paffion, to watch an

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a meal' now and then, during the season of repentance and humiliation ? Blush for shame, and hide thy face in the dust. 031!!

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More ftrange and inexcufable still will this conduct of the Christian appear, when we consider, in the

Fifth and last place, the rewards annexed to the practice of self-denial. 1.

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Many and great are it's advantages in the present life. The lightness of spirits, the cheerfulness of heart, the serenity of temper, the alacrity of mind, the vigour of understanding, the obedience of the will, the freedom from bad defires, and the propensity to good ones, produced by a prudent and judicious abstinence, are inconceivable by those who have never 'experienced them, and fully justify to those who have experienced them the highest

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encomiums pronounced by the ancient fa- DISC. thers of the church on this evangelical VII. precept, and the blessedness of observing it. For think not that the felicity, , any more than the virtue, of man consists in gratifying at all times his own humour, and following his own will; since his humour is perverse, and his will depraved. We are, in very deed, the oldest of us, children, wayward children; and unless we would be miserable, as well as vicious, we must treat ourselves as we do our children. Now "compare the “ child that is taught submiffion and obe“ dience, with him that is humoured in “ every thing. How . rational, cheerful, “ agreeable, and happy is the one ! How “ ridiculous, peevith, disagreeable, and un“happy is the other ! The smallest favour “ done the first, is received and acknowleged « as a particular obligation : the greatest “ kindness done to the other, is either re4 jected with disdain, or received with " thankless ill manners. The more you “ strive to please him, the more difficult *** he is to be pleased ; till at length nothing

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been obliged in all things. Betimes “ therefore accuftom your desires, like chilo? “ drengt to difappointments. Deny them }

every thing they ask for, that is improper « for them to obtain, nay, every thing

(be it what it may) which they ask for in 1 “ an improper manner. This will be so far from souring the temper (as fome have “ weakly, suggested in the case of chil

dren)- that it will give you, as well as “ them, a confirmed habit of acquiefcing “ in what is right; of cheerfully submit

ting, when your wills are over-ruled (s of “ receiving every thing with pleasure and “gratitude, in which you are indulged ;

above all, of controuling every sudden paf- :, fion that may arises of commanding and moderating every desires of resigning to " the appointments of Providence, through every

fituation and period of life. And if this be not happiness, say, where is it to be found, and where is the place thereof ?

It is the happiness of a hero, the joy and the glory of a conqueror, returning

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from the field of battle triumphant through disc. grace, and dragging the enemies of his VII. salvation fast bound to his chariot wheels. When self-denial has thus wrought it's perfect work within you, the kingdom of heaven is there and that kingdom is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.*

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But self-denial will not only thus bring down heaven to you for a time it will carry you up to heaven for ever. Let us revert to the fifth chapter of St. Marthew's Gospel, and consider well the promises there made to those holy and happy tempers, peculiar to Christianity, the essence of all which is felf-denial; and let us observe the manner in which the reward is adapted and appropriated to each several temper. 1),

..!!? !!! 210911-TIOL 969** « Blessed liare the poor in fpirit y fot " theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed “ ate they that mourned for they fhall** “ be comforted. Bleffed are the mček; for " they shall inherit the earth. Blefied are

" they

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"righteousness.; for they shall be filled. * Blessed are the merciful; for they shall s obtain mercy,

Blessed are the

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in "heart; for they shall see God. Blessed " are the peace-makers; for they shall be “called the children of God. Blessed are " they which are persecuted for righteous“ ness fake; for theirs is the kingdom of 66 heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall * revile you, and persecute you, and shall $ say all manner of evil against you falsely, “ for my fake. Rejoice, and be exceeding 9. glad; for great is your reward in heaven.”

The Saviour's promise is sufficient“-But would

you hear the testimony of one who viewed it's accomplishment? You thall

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" I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, 6 which no man could number, of all if nations, and kindreds, and people, and "tongues; stood before the throne, and " before the Lamb, clothed with white

“ robes,

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