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my heart by faith? and do my appetites
and paffions move in obedience to that hea-
venly principle? Do I love God, and de-
light in
prayer and praise? Do I love my
neighbour, and rejoice to affift and benefit
him, to cover his faults, and overlook his
infirmities? Are thofe tempers alive and
reigning in me, which Chrift has pronounced
blessed? and, in the general and common
course of my thoughts, words, and actions,
do I confider myself as in his presence, to
whom I must give account? The answers
returned by confcience to fuch questions as
thefe, would perhaps fhew the best man
living, that if he have not all he wanted,
there is no just reason for complaint. Three
is another confideration which may com-
pletely fettle your minds, on the subject of
the diftreffes to which the righteous are
fometimes fubject in this present life. A
very good man may be rendered much bet-
ter by trials and afflictions. Proportionable
to his fufferings will be his reward; and if
you could propofe the queftion to those faints
in heaven, who once wandered, deftitute,.

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afflicted, tormented, in sheep-fkins and goat- DISC. skins, upon earth, they would tell you, they do not now wish to have done other,wife.

Our Lord clofes his interefting and divine discourse on this subject of worldly care and anxiety, in the words of my text, with an argument drawn from the evident abfurdity of anticipating forrow, and rendering ourfelves unhappy beforehand. "Be not there"fore careful for the morrow; for the "morrow will be careful for the things of "itself; fufficient unto the day is the evil "thereof." The meaning is, that, having such a promise from our heavenly Father, of being provided for as his children, if we are but dutiful children, we fhould not render ourselves miferable by foreftalling mischief, and adding the future to the present; but that, having, through his grace, transacted the bufinefs, and overcome the difficulties of the day, we should at night disburthen our minds of folicitude, and reft our weary heads upon our pillows in peace; fince the C 4 trouble

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DISC. trouble of each day is fufficient for the day; and He, who has been with us to-day, will be with us to-morrow.

In this ever memorable and moft important precept, Chrift confults our natural quiet, no less than our fpiritual welfare. The chief fources of uneafiness are, vexation at what is past, or forebodings of what is to come: whereas what is past ought to give us no difquiet, except that of repentance for our faults; and what is to come ought much lefs to affect us, because, with regard to us and our concerns, it is not, and perhaps never will be. The present is what we are apt to neglect. That, well employed, will render the remembrance of the past pleasant, and the prospect of the future comfortable. Attention to the duties of the day is like the manna, when it defcended fresh and grateful from above; anxiety about the events of to-morrow resembles the fame manna, when, distruftfully laid up contrary to the divine command, it bred worms and putrified. Give us, then, bleffed Lord,

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even as thou haft commanded us to ask at DISC. thy hands, our daily bread, and let it not be corrupted by difcontented and unthankful imaginations. Thou art the fame, yefterday, to-day, and for ever. Thou haft borne us from the womb, thou haft fupported us from our youth up, even until now. Thou forfakeft none but those who have first forfaken thee. Only enable us to truft in thee, and then we fhall never be confounded.

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