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do? No glarings of affected wit 'nor insipid pertness, can add any thing to our character as Christians.

2. Let us remember that we are the sons and daughters of the most high God. We profess to separate ourselves from the triflings and impertinences of this world, as well as from the impiety and guilt of it. Come out from among them, saith the Lord, and I will be your father, and ye shall be my sons and my daughters, saith God almighty. Surely the children of a prince should behave with solemnity and honour, when they are in the midst of the lower orders of mankind ; and the children of the king of heaven should remember the dignity of their birth, and their high relation, when they are conversant among the sons of earth. Their carriage indecd should not be proud and baughty to the men of thss world ; Jesus the only begotten Son was meek and lowly; and there is a sacred art of maintaining a divine humility among the meanest of our fellow-creatures, without indulging the practice of any thing mean and ridiculous. Our blessed Lord was a companion of fishermen, but not of mimics and public jesters.

3. Let us think again, that we are bought with an high an valuable price; we are redeemed, not with corruptible things, as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, 1 Pet. i. 18, 19. And what is it that we are redeemed from? It is froin this evil world, and from a vain conversation. The Son of God has loved us and washed us in his own blood, and shall we defile these souls of ours with the meannesses of this life which Christ has cleansed in so rich a laver ? He has made us kings and priests unto. God and his Father. Let us now and ihen ask ourselves and enquire, is our language and our behaviour becoming such illustrious names, such

titles, such honours, as are put upon us by the Father and the Son !

4. Again, Let us review our profession ; what is our calling? What is our design ?

What is our design ? What is our hope ? Are we not born from above ? Are we not pilgrims ard strangers here? Do we not

profess to seek a better country, that is, an heavenly? Do we not live for heaven and immortality ? How unbecoming it is then for Christians to be perpetually light and vain and frothy? How unbecoming our holy and heavenly calling, and our everlasting hopes! If we are children of the light and of the day, let us not live as though we belonged to the night and darkness ; let us not sleep, nor trifle as others do, but watch and be sober.

And especially if our natural temper be sanguine and sprightly, and incline to assume vain airs, there is more necd of constant watchfulness over the heart and life, and a bridle upon the tongue, lest we should speak indecencies, and be guilty of folly and madness.

Here this Sermon may be divided.

The last thing I designed, was to propose some directions in order to cure the levity of the mind, and to maintain such a decent gravity in the course of our life as becomes the gospel.

DIRECTION 1. Let us meditate often on the most sublime and the most awful parts of Christianity ; and through the assistance of the spirit of God, these will be effectual guards against this vanity of temper.

The sublime truths of Christianity demand our frequent review. Let us often rise high in our thoughts, and let our faith look far backwards to the eternal ages before this world was. Let us contemplate the love of God the father, in contriving our

salvation, before he stretched abroad these heavens, or laid the foundations of this earth. Let us think of the condescension of his mercy, when he chose fallen perishing sinners to be the objects of his everlasting love. Let us dwell upon his compassion to inan, when he appointed his own Son to take flesh upon him, and to become our mediator and sacrifice. Let us survey with holy wonder the various glories of the Son of God, by whom and for whom all things were made, who upholds all things by the word of his power, and who is the express image of his Father. Let us behold him consenting to hide all these honours behind a veil of flesh and blood walking the streets of Jerusalem, and travelling on foot through the villages of Israel, attended with a few poor despicable men, or surrounded with the reproaches of the blaspheming Jews. Let us look upon this illustrious person, who was adored by angels, yet unknown and unglorified among the sons of men, and humbled even to death and the grave; then gaze on bim rising again from the dead, and declared to be the Son of God with power, exalted at the right hand of the Majesty on high, and ruling all the millions of inhabitants of the visible and invisible worlds. Surely if our souls were inured to the meditation of such sublime wonders as these, we should not easily immerse ourselves in trifles and fooleries.

Again, let us meditate on the more awful doctrines, the more solemn and dreadful truths of our religion, and these will be an effectual restraint to a vain temper of mind. Let usthink on the justice of God manifested in the destruction of sinners in all ages, when it appeared in a prodigious flood of water, and with a deluge of ruin testified against the wickedness of the old world ; and when it came down in flaming fire upon Sodom and upon the cities of the plain. Let us meditate on the wrath of God, that has been revealed in numeCO0s instances against all the ungodliness and un

righteousness of men. Let us contemplate that divine and severe justice, that appeared in the sufferings and death of God's own Son, when it pleased the father to bruise him, and to make his soul an offering for sin. Let us think of his agonies in the garden and on the cross, when he bore the weight of our iniquities, and stood in the place of sinners. Let us send our thoughts down to the regions of death and hell, and behold the fallen angels bound in chains of darkness, and groaning under present torments, yet waiting for the day of greater vengeance. Let us think with ourselves what millions of our fellowsinners, the sons and daughters of Adam, lie there banished from the presence of the Lord, and tormented with fire in their consciences without remedy and without hope and say, why are not we there too?

Let us often look forward to the awful moment of our death, and the time of our departure from all the flattering scenes of this present world. This will put a damp upon the vainest mind, and hang with a painful weight upon the sons of mirth and levity. This will be a means to restrain us from that foolish and trifling behaviour, which otherwise our tempers might incline us to: and let us remember the solemn hour when we must stand before the tribunal of our Lord Jesus Christ, divested of all these gaudy shews of life in which we are now ready to pride ourselves, and there we must receive a sentence without repeal, which shall send us to heaven or to hell at once, and fix our everlasting state. These are terrors or glories too solemn to be trifled with ; these are thoughts that will hold our souls awake and serious ; this will preserve that gravity of mind which becomes a Christian, and keep us in a prepared temper to fulfil present duty, and to wait the final event of all things.

DIRECTION 2. If we would maintain that vene.

rable decency in our frame of spirii, ana in our deportment, which becomes the gospel, let us set ourselves about some useful employinent for the service of God or our fellowcreatures, or for our own best improvement. If Satan find the mind empty of thought, and the hands void of all business, he will be ready to fill theinwith temptations to iniquity and mischief: and the triflers of this world will be ready to seize upon such a person as a fit partner for their impertinences, and allure him into follies beneath the dignity of human nature, and the character of a Christian.

I have often pitied some of the descendants of honourable and wealthy families of both sexes, the unhappiness of whose education has given them nothing to do, nor taught them to employ their hands or their minds : therefore they spend their bours in sauntering, not knowing whither to go and are at a loss what to do with themselves to wear their life away. Upon this account they give themselves up sometimes to the mean and scandalous pleasures of the lowest of the people, and spend their hours in chattering and vulgar merriment. They make the business of their dress the study and labour of half the day, and spend another part of it, in trifling discourse and laughter, and in scattering jests and scandal upon their neighbours or acquaintance. Al these pieces of folly and imunorality would be rectified, if they would but find out for themselves some daily and proper business to be employed in. King Solomon... at his leisure hours studied natural and moral philosophy, he discoursed of the nature of vegetables from the cedar to the hyssop, and of beasts, birds and fishes ; besides his proverbs and rules of prudence for the government of human life, 1 Kings iv. 32, &c. St. Paul, when he was not employed in his sacred work, yet he would not be idle ; and having no need to study for his sermons which he had by inspiration,

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