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II. Consider, As there is no fin fo small, but it deserves damnation, so there is no sin fo great, that it can bring damnation upon those who truly repent. 'Tis not the falling into the water, drowns a man, but continuing in it, not getting out again. No fin damnes a man, but as it is accompanied with firall impenitency and unbelief: Therefore the sin against the Holy Ghost is unpardonable, ben cause those that commit that fon do never repent, or fie to Christ for pardan.

III. Look co it, that chy Repentance, and sorrow for thy fins, spring from Evangelical Motives, (such as are before mentioned,) and not meerly from thame or fear of Hell & wrath.

IV. Labour that thy sorrow for fin, may bear some proportion to the great reffe of thy fins Every small touch of sorrow may not be sufficienc: As fin is the greatest of evils, so our sorrow for it should be the greatest forrow. Bętake chy self therefore to a more solemn mourning, and renting of heart for the great fons of thy lite, refusing to be comforced, with any worldly com: forc, till chou haft obtained thy pardon: Bus remember Godly sorrow is not alwaies to be mea. sured by plenty of tears, and vehemency of exprefsions, but by the weight of it on the heart, by the deep dipleasure of the foul against fin: There

may be a deep, rational sorrow for sin, where there is no such outward passionate expressions of V. Content not thy self with a general repentance, but know chat it is thy duty to endeavour to repent of thy particular fons particularly: Do not flubber over this great ducy (which so much concerns thee) with


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a slight, formal, generalrepentance, as too many are apt to do. Many fins long ago commitced by thee, may still lie at thy door, if not repented of. Review therefore thy life past. Suffer thy Conscience to speak freely tothee, and to set tby fons in order before t'see,and labour to be heartily humbled both for the vileness and depravedneffe of thy Nature, and for all che particular actual fins, failings, and miscarriages which thou findest thy self any way guilty of. Repent of all fio chat lies, upon thy Consci

VI, Let thy forrem for sin be accompanied with a real forfaking of all known sins, and amendment of life: Content not thy self with a partial reformation.

VII. Šęc upon the practise of this great duty speedily; now while thou art in bealth, before sicknesse surprize chee. Without repentance, ne hope of pardon, or peace with God bere; no hope of Glory hereafter: Now Consider, thác by repentance, the Scripture does not mean a sudden fax of confeffion, contrition, and promising amendment at loist caft; (when a man can live no longer in fin, and is now afraid of Judgmenc) but areal shange of the mind, a turning of the heart from the


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vom Pace, length, and continuation of time, giving : mis sko sl. s finner thereby competent opportunity to mortifie migbig, drive anya evil dispositions and habits, to break off fanfal mal deporte courses, to set up the dominion of Grace within, and someone out by an holy behaviow in his place and condition of bij mene life , to manifeft the fincerity of his repentance

; and by a steddy course of Godlinefse to give some nery way of proof of his real conversion. To put off repent

ance cherefore to che death.bed, is exceeding of those dangerous, to say no more.

VIII. When chou hast (through the affiftance

of the Spirit of God) humbled thy soul, and remore content penced seriously of all thy sins, do not rest in the change wpus repentance, (as was said before) buc

go out of thing *bafJelf to Christ for thy pardon, Rest not on this defer repon. fide Christ; Not thy tears, but his blood only can en el seu cleanse thy Conscience from all guilt. Bat of this "excading more in che next Chapter.

IX. After thou hast laboured (according to these directions) to. revoke, reverse, and unde again all che sins of thy life past by a serious repentance, then be very watchful, ieft thou fall knowingly, aod deliberatly inco any sin again. The true penitent allowes not himself in any fonfuld course, yet through infirmity possibly he may fall : Sins of infirmicy are such as a man is overraken with, contrary to the purpose of his heart, either through ignorance, incogitancy, wolence


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of temptation, or suddennelse of surprizal: which · when he comes to consider, he confesses, and : bemoans, strives, and prayes against, and (by

Gods Grace) ordinarily gets more and more victory over. If therefore, contrary to the fixed purpose of thy heart, thou dost at any time sin; en

deavour fpeedily to recover thy self by a serious - repentance; and be more watchful over thy heart i and waies for cime to come.

Motives to Repentance. 1. 'Tis highly pleasing to God, Ezek.33.15. Say unto them, as I live saith the Lord God, I kave no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way

and live; turns je, turn ye from your evil waies, for who will ye die, o House of israel?

2. 'Tis the Doctrine Clarist himself first preached, as we read, Mat.4.17. From that time Fesus began to preach, and to say, repent yes for the king dome of Heaven is at hand. And when he left the world, he declared that repentance andremission of sins should be preached in his Name among all Nations, beginning at Ferusalem,

3. The Angels in Heaven rejoyce at the repentance of a sinner, Læke 15.10. Likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the An. gels of God over one finner that repenteth.

4. Consider who are for thy repencance, and who are against it: God the Father, Son, and

Luke 24.47.

holy Gholf, good Angels, and glorified Saints, all good Ministers, and sincere Christians are for it; None but ihe Devil and his inftruments are again it. And which of these cwo parties wile chou encline unto ?

5. Consider, 'cis not onely a Gospel duty, but a Gospel priviledge. The Lam allowes no place for repentance : 'Tis an high favour God will pardon us upon our repentance, and Fsich in his Son.

6. Consider, Al will sooner or later commend true repentance: Be not thou one of them that will commend it, when it is too lace.

7. Consider, there is no other remedy. For,

(1. With Gods juffice we should be

pardoned ; though repentance does not satisfie his justice, yet fins untepented of,& continued in, cannot be pardoned without injustice.

2. With his Mercy : God is very Without merciful, bue’ris to penitent humRepentáce bled fi ners, not obdurate, impeni. cis not con- tent transgressours. fiftent, 3. With the undertaking of Christ

who came to call finners to repente auce, & to seek, bo save those that were lost in their own eies. He was exalted to be a Prince, do a Saviour to give repentance, & remiffion of sins, A&t.5.31.


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