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Such---what shall I call it, such a Temper, SERM. as I hope you know and feel better than
IX, I am able to express, it has the Promise of many
great Blessings. The Pfalmist, describing a good Man, makes it the top of his Character, that he hath dispersed abroad, he hath given to the Poor; and then he adds the Blessing that attends him, his Righteousness endureth for ever, his Horn shall be exalted with Honour. He that giveth to the Poor, says the Wise Man, shall not lack; but our Saviour carries the Blessing to the highest Pitch, even to a Reward in Heaven, Go sell that thou haft, and give to the Poor, and thou shalt haye Treasure in Heaven. After all this Encouragement, it is very surprizing to find that People will trust their Substance with Man, upon the Strength of an Earthly Hope and Assurance, which they would not trust with God, tho they have his Holy Word for their Security, and Heaven itself for their Interest and Reward.
Fourthly, The last Argument that I shall make Use of to perswade you to difcharge this great Duty of Charity, shall С с 2
Serm.be drawn from the Love of God, who IX.
gave hiç only begotten Son to die for our Sins, and not only so, but whatsoever we ask of him aş we ought, he giveth us. If God then fo loveth us, we ought also to love one another; and as we expect the Aid and Assistance of God, so let us aid and allilt each other ; but let us not expect to þave our Petitions granted of God, and yet at the same time to deny the Petitions of our Brethren in Distress.
To conclude. Let it be our Duty at this time more especially, to discharge this Debt of Charity with a becoming Chearfulness, not grudgingly or of necessity, for God loveth a chearful Giver. The Children, who are your Petitioners, will abundantly recompense you by their daily Prayers for their Benefactors; nay, you will abundantly recompense yourselves, by procuring a Right to those Blessings which God has promised to the good and merçiful Man. Look down then with Pity on your Petitioners, make the Fatherless Children rejoyce, and the Widow's Heart will sing for Joy, If Christ died for them,
as well as for us, let us not look
SERM. them as Strangers and Aliens, but as Fel- IX. low-Heirs of the same Promise. They have the same bountiful Father, and the fame merciful Redeemer with ourselves. Are we Chriftians? Şo are they. Have we, who were Aliens, receiv'd the Adoption of Sons? So have they. Are we in expectation of everlasting Happiness in a future State ? So are they. What should hinder then, but that they should partake with us in the Happiness and Comfort of this Life too? We all breathe the same Air, and enjoy the Light of the Sun alike, which God sendeth to shine on the Poor, as well as on the Rich, Let us not then withhold
Good which we have in our Power to do, but let our Charity be bright as the Day, and diffusive as the Light that thineth from one end of the Earth unto the other. Perhaps you may never have another Opportunity; be sure to do Good then while it is called to Day, and
you have it in the Power of your Hand to do it; that our Sons may grow up as the young Plants, and our Daughters as
Serm. the polished Corners of the Temple. Rea IX. member that God, who is present every
where, knows what you are able to do, and will not forget your Works and Labour that proceedeth of Love. Therefore turn not away your Face from the Poor, and then the Face of the Lord shall not be turned away from you.
ECCLES. vii. io.
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HERE is nothing in which Serm,
one desires to be happy; and