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III. The Object, 70758 7979
1. Our loving each Person, John v. 23.
IV. The Intenfeness of the Act upon that Obje&, With all thy Heart, and with all thy Soul, and with all thy Might : Which implies, 1. That we love him with the higheft De
gree of Love we can possibly raise up our
Souls to. 2. Consequently, That we love him above
all Things else, Matt. x. 37. Luke xiv. 26. V. Here is the Neceflity of acting thus upon this Object, Thou shalt. There is a Twofold Necessity of it.
1. Of the Precept, Matt. xxii. 37.
What Reasons are there why we should love God above all ? 1. Because he is better than all other Things;
for he is, Luke xviii. 19.
4. An universal Good.
USE. I. Of Reproof, Job. v. 42. for most Men do not love God thus. If they did,
1. They would think more of him.
Take more Pleasure in him.
Things. Repent of this Sin.
Consider, 1. Unless you love God above all Things, you are not worthy to be Christ's Disciples, Luk, xiv, 26.
2. This is the Cause of other Sins. 3:
If we die in this Sin, we are undone, 1 Cor. xvi. 22.
II. EXAMINATION. Examine,
1. God's Goodnessin himself, Psal. cxix. 68.
1 Fob. ü. s.
III. EXHORTATION. Love God.
Matt. xxii. 38.
2. The Reasonableness of the Duty.
viii. 28. 2. They have an infallible Evidence of
their Title to Heaven. 3. They shall enjoy and live with God to
Eternity, 1 Cor. ii. 9.
Deut. vi. 13. Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God,
and serve him.
IT is our Duty to serve GOD.
I. What is it to serve GOD?
5. Authority 6. Time, Eph. V. 16. 2. To make his Laws the Rule of our Lives.
Obeying the Commands, Eccl. xii. 13. Of the First and Second Table. 3. To endeavour to please him in all Things,
and glorifie him, i Thef. iv. 1. Rom. xii. 1. In all our Natural, i Cor. X. 30.
r. He is our Maker, Psal. xcv. 6.
I. Serve the Devil.
4. Sin, Rom. vi. 16. and not God,Matt. vi.24. II. ÊXHORTATION. Serve GOD.
DIRECTIONS 1. Scripturally: 2. Obedientially, i Sam. xv. 22. 3. Willingly, i Chron. xxix. 17 4. Chearfully, Rom. xii. 8. Nii 5. Faithfully, Rom. xiv. 23. 6. Understandingly,1 Cor. xiv. 15. Psal.xlvii
. 7. 7. Wholly, with all your Power, Eccl. ix, 10. 8. Constantly 9. Humbly, Luke xvii. 10: 10. Thankfully.
MOTIVE S. 1. This is the End of your Creation by God. 2. Of all God's Mercies to you. 3. What a good and glorious Mafter he is,
the King of Heaven, Jer. x. 7. 4. There is nothing thou hast but what thou
receivest from him, i Cor. iv. 7. 5. To serve God, is not only thy Duty, but
thy Privilege, Pfal. xix. 11. 6. Únless thou servest God, thou must serve
the Devil,a Servant thou wilt be, Matt. vi. 24.
Rom. vi. 16. 7. It is the work of Heaven. 8. What Wages God will give to his Servants,
Rom. vi. 23.
Glory and Happiness hereafter.