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4. By Rejoicing and Delighting ourselves in His Service, Phil. iv. 4.

s. By frequent Meditation upon Him, and His Love to us, Psal. cxix. 90.

6. By thinking nothing too much to undergo for Him, Aft. v. xli. and xxi. 13.

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III. What must we do to love Chrift?

1. Endeavour to be sensible of your Misery
without Him; as being then subject,
1. To the Wrath of the most High God,

Ephef. ii. 3.
2. To the Curse of a righteous Law, Gal.

iii. 1O.
3. To the Gnawings of a guilty Conscience.
4. And the Tortures of eternal Flames,

2 Theff. i. 8, 9.
2. Endeavour to have right Apprehensions of
Him; as,

i. Of the Nature of His Person.
2. And of His threefold Office.

1. Prophet.
2. Priest.

3. King.
3. Of the End and Design of His coming

into the World, i Tim. i. 15. 1 S. Joh.

iii. 5, 8.
4. Of what He did and suffer'd, i Cor. ii. 2.
5. Of His Merits, Hebr. vii. 25.
6. Of His Death and Intercession, Isa. liii.

5, 6. 1 Joh. ii. 1, 2.
3. Endeavour to implant a firm Belief of these
Things in your Minds.

4. Frequent His Ordinances.

5. Meditate upon Him, and your Obligations to love Him, which are very many and great.

For

For consider, 1. What a Curse is denounced against them

that do not love Christ, i Cor. xvi. 22. 2. What a Blessing is promised to them that

do love Him, Ephef. ii. 21.
3. What He hath done for thee; as,

i. He became Man, S. Joh. i. 14.
2. Was subject to His own Creatures.

3. Died for thee.
4. How much more he will do for thee; if

thou lov'st Him. 1. He will send thee His Spirit, S. Joh. 2. He will intercede for thee, S. Job.

xvi. 26. 3. He will make all Things work together

for thy Good, Rom. viii. 28. 4. Will prepare a Place for thee in Hea..

ven, S. Joh. xiv. 2. 5. This will be the best Sign, that thou

art His Disciple, and of thy Title to Heaven.

xvi. 7.

IV. How may we know that we love Christ above all Things?

1. By considering the Grounds of our Love to Him.

2. By conparing it with our Love to other Things.

3. By observing the Effets and Consequents of our Love to Him.

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S. MATT. xi. 25. At that time, Jesus answer'd and said,

I thank thee, O Father, &c.

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DOCTRINE.

E ought to imitate our Saviour in

taking all Occasions to give Thanks to GOD.

1. What is it to give Thanks to GOD?

1. To acknowledge God's Glory in what we enjoy, i Chron. xxix. 14.

1. His Wisdom, Pfal, cxlvii. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
2. His Power, Pfal. cxlvii. 7, 8, 9. and cv.

1, 2, 3
3, His Mercy, Psal. cxxxvi. 1, 2, 3. and

lxxxvi. 12, 13. 2. In profesing ourselves oblig'd unto Him for it; so as

I. . To love Him more, I fob. iv. 19. Ş. Luk..

vii. 47•

2. To serve Him better, S. Matt. v. 16.

II. How many Things are requir’d to make us truly Thankful ?

1. That we' be regenerated, Psal. xxxiii. 1.

2. Sensible of our own Unworthiness, Gen. xxxii. 10.

3. And that we deserve Judgments, not Mercies, Lam. iii. 22.

4. An heavenly Disposition, Psal. ciii. 1, and

lvii. 7. ,

S. Ą

3.

5. A Sense of our Interest in Him, as our GOD, Pfal. xxiii. 1, 2, 3. and cxviii. 28.

6. A strong Belief, that what we have, halt be for our Good, Rom. viii. 28.

7. Frequent Meditations upon the Mercies. we enjoy.

III. What are those Mercies we ought to bless GOD for? 1 Thef. v. 18. 1. Temporal ; as, 1. Our Creation, Psal. cxxxix. 14, 15.

Preservation, Aft. xvii. 28. Pfal. Ixvi. 8, 9,

Protection from Evil, Psal. xxxiv. 3, 4.

Maintenance, Psal. xxii. 10. and

cxlvii. 9. 5.

Health, Pfal. ciii. 3, 4.
6. Natural Parts, and the Use of Rea-

son.
2. Spiritual, Ephef. i. 3.

1. Christ, S. Luk. ji. 14.
2. The Scriptures, Psal. cxlvii. 19, 20. and,

I. The Truth
2. The Precepts of them.
3. The Threatnings

4. The Promises
3. The Ordinances.
4. Leave to pray, and the Answer of Prayer,

Pfal.cxviii. 21. and cvii. 13, 14, 15. 5. The Influences of His Spirit and Ordinancer,

whereby He conveys, 1. Restraining Grace, 1 Sam. XXV. 32, 33.

2. Constraining Grace, 1 Chron. xxix. 14. 6. The Comforts of His Spirit, 2 Cor. i. 3, 4. 7. San&tify'd Affli&tions, Pral.cxix. 71.

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MOTIVEs to engage us to be thankful unto GOD, for all His Benefits.

1. It is GOD's Command, Pfal. 1. 14.

2. This is all that GOD requires, or thou canst give for all His Mercies youchsafed unto thực, Pfal. cxvi. 12, 13.

3. Praising GOD for Mercies receiv?d, is the pay to receive more.

4. It is an Evidence of thy Sincerity.

5. It will make thee fruitful and active in GOD's Service.

6. It is the Devil that is most averse from this Work.

7. It is the Employment of Angels, Rev. vii. 9, 10,11, and xix. 1, 2, 3.

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