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nations, but shortly after he died by a Aux of blood breaking out at his mouth, which choaked him on his wedding day.
4. Look upto Jefus; and conform to him, yea, by faith draw out the spiritual virtue of an humble Christ. Christ's example is not only directive, but full of virtue, the very hem of his garment, believingly touched, would cure this bloody issue. Was pot this Christ's own lelon; • Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye
Thall find rest unto your souls,' Mat. xi. 29. q. d. Learn of me, for I am lowly, I am sent by God the Father into the world, and this is one especial end that I am sent into the world for, even to hold out unto the world á patcero of humility; I am appointed as a great ordinance of God the Father to hold forth this, and therefore look on me, and be ye lowly, as I am lowly. Surely good reason we should be as he was, lowly as he was lowly, and humble as he was humble. When Rebekah came to Isaac, and The saw him walking in the field, and asked the servant who it was, and he said, it was his master's son, presently Rebekah lighted down, and goes on her feet, she would be as he was; he walked, and Rebekah would walk too. It is good reason that the spouse of Christ should be lowly as Chrift; and therefore, faith Christ, leard of me, look on me, write after me, let the same mind be in you whichi was in me. Every Chriftian is united to Jesus Christ, and should be acted by the fame Spirit that Christ is. Let this miod be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, thought it no robbery to 'be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and being found in fashion as a 'man, he humbled himself, Phil. ii. 5-8. Now let this mind be in you: As pride is the resemblance of the devil, which brought him to ruin, so humility is the resemblance of Jelus Christ, which broughe him to honour. O then let this mind be in you, which was in Christ'! look at him
in all the particular acts of his humility, and by faith draw .virtue out of all those acis. "?;? 5. Let every act of pride be accompanied with a subfe: K Z
quent all of humiliation. If thou canst cot prevent this sin of pride, yet check it so soon as ever it ariseth. - This was Hezekiah's course, after he was sick and restored to health, he forgot himself, “and rendered not according to • the benefit done unto him, for his heart was lifted up, • therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah
and Jerusalem, notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled him.
self, for the pride of his heart (both he and the inhabi. 'tants of Jerusalem) so that the wrath of the Lord came * not upon them in the days of Hezekiah,' 2 Chron. xxxii. 24-26. It is high time to be humbled, and ly low, when thou hall committed such a lio as to provoke God to wrath. Hear ye, and give ear, be not proud, for • the Lord hath spoken. But if ye will not hear, my soul 'fhall weep in secret places for your pride, Jer, xiii. 15, 17. If pride go before, humiliation must follow after; * Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep, let your laughter be * turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness; humble & yourselves in the light of the Lord, and he shall lift you
up,' Lam. iv. 9, 10. : 6. Treasure up fome holy principles, and keep them fresh and ready in thy thoughts to quell this fin. When we would suppress, weeds, we usually fow the contrary seed; so have thou at hand, and in mind, some contrary feed, some holy principles. I mall iostance in these two.
1. Pride is the forerunner of ruin; it is a proverb as true, as commonly spoken, that pride goes before a fall. Indeed Solomom in his proverbs gives that for one, Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty Spirit before a fall, Prov. xvi. 18. And therefore he pourtrayed the proud map to the life, that pictured him snatching at a crowo, and falling, with this motto, Sic mea fata fcquor.
2, Humility is the way to glory. This is often inculcated by our Saviour, He that humbleth limfelf jball be exalted, Luke xiv. 11. and xviii. 14. We are all by nature proud, (as we have heard) we would all be exalted; how is it then that we forget this principle, The way to rise is to fall; God gave us a pattern of it in Jesus Christ. First, he emptied himself, and humbled himself to the death of the
crofs, cross, wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given hima name above all names, Phil. ii. 5-9. I know not a. oy good, but humility is a means to obtain it; am I in trouble, and would I have deliverance? The Lord heareth the defires of the humble, Psal. x. 17. Am I in a place of honour, and do I fear to fall? A man's pride Sball bring bim low, but honour sball uphold the humble in spirit, Prov. xxix, 23. Tho' places of advancement be Nippery, yet the humble shall be upheld. Am I disconsolate, and would I fee more of God, and of his favour and love? he that is in the lowest pits, fees stars in the day time, The Lord will revive the spirits of the humble, Isa. Ivii. 15. Would I be advanced not only on earth, but in heaven? Whosoever ball humble himself as a little child, the same Jball be great in the kingdom of. beaven, Mac. xviii. 4.
O think of these priociples ! pride leads to hell, but hamility to heaven. It was an answer that a philosopher gave to one that asked him what God did in heaven? Why, faid he, he is beating down the proud, and lifting up the
. SECT. XIII. Of Satan's Temptations to Pasion or Anger. THERS are of choleric dispositions, and so prone
to passion or anger, that they break all rules both of reason and religion: Now Satan that observes their temper, puts on, to make them more raging, fierce, and fu. Fious; Satan still hath a great hand Itroke in.every sin, he can easily make use of our bodies, by cominotion of the humours, he can stir us up to uncleaoneis, passion, revenge, and all other fensual lusts. Hence carnal desires are called his lufts, John viii. 44, and giving place to an; ger, is in the apostle's language a giving place to the devil, Eph. iv, 26, 27. Indeed the heathen, who understood poe the operation of the devil, thought all our conflicts were against internal paffions, but my text is clear, We wres dle not only against them, but against principalities and powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world, and Ipiritual wickedoesses in heavenlies.' I Mall pot deny but sometimes we begin the temptation, and fometimes Batan; as Zanard speaking of the outward power of the
devil aver tempests, Sometimes, said he, he may raise the matter, at other times the matter being prepared, Satanam may adjain himself, and make the tempest more impetuous. And yet for all this, it must be granted, that there is a just, and harmless, and holy anger, Be ye angry, and fan not, faith the apostle, Eph. iv. 26. Thus Jacob was angry, Gen. xxx. 2. and Moses was angry, Num. xvi. 15. and Nehemiah was angry, Neh, v. 6. and Jeremiah was angry, Jer. vi. 11. and Christ himself was angry, Mark iii. 5. But this passion of anger I speak of, it is that which is unjust and liaful, it is anger which gives place to the devil, it is an anger which misses in object, time, measure, end, and other circumstances. Give me leave but a while to insist on these, and then you will know what anger is finful, and what anger I mean. ** 1. It is such an anger as misses in respect of the object; holy aoger hath a right object, as matters of reason, religion, the honour and glory of God, and of Jesus Christ, but sinful anger is either exercised about nothing: Thus many are angry, and they know not wherefore, There's a great deal of cry, as they say, and but little wool; or it is exercised about every thing. Thus every trifle, and en 50 very toy, any thing in the world that falls out in the least manner against their minds, puts many into anger; or it is exercised against some excellency that God hath bestowed upon others more than themselves. So Saul was angry with David, apd Cain was angry with Abel. When tygers smell the fragrancy of spices, they are put into a rage of fury (as sometimes you have heard) so 'many are dogry at the graces of God's Spirit which they observe in others. There, and such like, are the objects about which fintul anger is conversanţ..
2. It is such an anger as milfes in respect of time. Holg, anger is deliberate, leasonable and short; but the anger which the devil sets on, it is,
1. Sudden and indeliberate; thus many men and words men have tipder fpirits, or gun powder fpirits, assoon as young ever the fire comes to them ihey are all in a flame. Am fost gainst this faith Solomon, 'He that is angry dealeth fool. W inly,' Prov. iv, 17. And be not hasly in thy spirit top
to be angry, for anger resteth in the borom of fools,' Eccl. ha vii. 9. From this hasty anger, we call the paffion of anger * hastiness, such a man is an hafty man, or such a woman
is an hasty woman. Now this is folly, faith the wise man, * He that is now to wrath is of great understanding, but 'he that is hasty of spirit, exalteth folly. Wherefore my
beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, now i 'to speak, and now to wrath,' Prov. xiv. 27. James ;. 19. 5 Holy anger is flow, wherein it imitates God, but fipful
anger is sudden.
2. It is unfeasonable. Thus many are angry in the presence of others, who should dat see it, or they are an.
gry when they see others angry before them. This minds 1 me of the counsel that ove gave to a young married cou.
ple, who were both of passionate choleric spirits, that they fhould be sure not to be angry together, it canoot be good. to add heat to fire; or they are angry when they are about to perform a duty, this is the devil's season; many are angry either before sermon, or after it, or it may be,
omediately before or after prayer : to these, faith Christ, i First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and i offer thy gift, Mat, v. 24. And of these, faith the a. s postle, I will therefore that men pray every where, lift.
'ing up hands without wrath,' 1 Tim. ii. 8. That wrath at such a time is an impoisoning and heavy hindrance,
which clogs and clips the wings of a prayer, that it can neh ver be able to ascend up into heaven; and therefore this
anger is very unfeasonable. .
3. Sinful anger is constant, it abides too long, the sun goes down upon it; when the apostle faid, Be angry and lin not; he adds, let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil, Eph. iv. 26. Any man that retains his anger longer than evening, gives place to the devil. Many can say, Shall I give way to mine edemy? Shall I yield to him that hath done me such and luch wrong? But they little consider, that in retaining heir anger they give way to the devil, they yield to the. devil. What! is it not better to yield to your brother, No' your ioferior, thap to yield to the devil? Shall men uve as if they drank no other waters but that of Massah K 4