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inclination which may have made him a trouble, or a terror, to his family, unhappy in himfelf, and offenfive to others: let him behave to his fuperiors with respect, to his equals with cheerfulness, to his inferiors with condefcenfion he will then be, what every one ought to be, a good man, and a true Christian : he will be inftanced as a man who practifes what he profeffes: his life will be an example to the good, and a reproof to the wicked: Religion will, through his conduct, fuffer nó diminution of excellence, feverity of cenfure, or coldness of difdain: but, on the contrary, by producing in him fuch tranquility of mind, and fimplicity of manners, will be recommended to the notice and obfervance of those, who had all along thought, "there was no beauty in it, that they should defire it."
Let fervants, and thofe whofe lot it is to be in the lower stations of life, confider well the obligations they laid themselves under, by celebrating the bleffed Sacrament. "Exhort fer"vants," fays the Apostle, in the words following the text, by which he means all who depend on others for their fubfiftence, "to be "obedient unto their own mafters, and to "please
"please them well in all things, not answering "again," not rudely nor impertinently provoking them; "not purloining," not wronging them of any thing, however fafely they may do it; "but fhewing all good fidelity," behaving themselves with fcrupulous honesty, and watchful care, that, by this uniformity of conduct, they may adorn the doctrine of God ❝our Saviour in all things:" let them confider, were they in the fituations of those to whom they are indebted for their bread, what they would naturally require of the people they employed let them often reflect, that it is in their power to occafion many vexatious difappointments by perverfenefs, negligence, and thoughtleffnes: let them, as they may not have had the advantages of education, endevor to restrain their tempers, and humanize their minds: let them be refigned to their humble lot, not murmuring, not repining, but let "them patiently tarry the Lord's leisure:" let them continually offer up their prayers to Almighty God to endow them with those virtues which become their station; and let them praise his name, that their condition is no worse. Let the Sacrament produce these blessed, these evangelical
evangelical effects-the effects it naturally ought to produce-and every master, whatever may be his own fentiments, or his own conduct, will devoutly with for religious fervants, and for every one he employs, in whatever capacity, to be religious.
And here, what fhall I fay, how shall I addrefs myself to thofe, who refuse every invitation to receive the holy Sacrament? Say, after ye had departed from this houfe, dedicated to God, when you confidered what bleffings the people of God were receiving, whom you had left behind," did not your hearts burn within you?" When you confidered the obligations you are under, out of gratitude to your Redeemer, out of regard to yourselves, to receive the bleffed Sacrament, did you look on this act of careless negligence, or rather, of defperate defiance, without indignation, and without abhorrence? Did you think, after Jesus Christ had fent you an affectionate invitation, after he had given you a peremptory command, to eat and drink at his own table, you were juftifiable in not accepting his invitation, in not paying obedience to his command? It is the invita
tion of him, who, to reconcile you to God, fhed his blood on the crofs-it is the command of him, "who is able to destroy both
body and foul in hell." For the neglect of this duty, no man's confcience will, I believe, afford confolation: you may hear its remonftrances, at present, without concern; but when death draws nigh to execute his commiffion, you will then be overwhelmed with its reproaches, and distracted with its terrors. The season of death is awful, but death is only the prelude to judgment. At the bar of judgment your excuses are to be weighed in an even balance, and, you are conscious, "they will be "found light." Were you enjoined the performance of certain duties by a human Legislature, and, in confequence of your neglect, were fummoned before a court of judicature, if you could offer no stronger reasons in your justification, than you will be able to affign for refufing to receive the Sacrament, however fubtilty might invent, ingenuity evade, or eloquence adorn, be your mode of trial what it might, you would, unquestionably, be pronounced guilty. And whether corporal punishment, or fine or imprisonment, or death,
in all its aggravation of horrors, is more to be dreaded than the irrevocable fentence-"De
part from me ye curfed into everlasting fire" -be yourselves the judges-but judge, for God's fake, before it be too late!
Suffer me, in conclufion, again to request those who received the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Chrift, to give all diligence to adorn their Chriftian profeffion. If you pretend to "fet your affections on things above, "where Chrift fitteth at the right hand of
God," let it be your conftant care to manifest a peaceable demeanor, upright conduct, and an holy life. If you run into the fame excefs of riot with other men, you furnish the enemies of Religion with the arms of truth, and they will not fail to wield them to advantage, both against you, and your high calling. But, revolve only in your mind the vows of obedience you made at the Altar, and you will preserve alive, in your breasts, the spirit of piety, which conducted you thither; and, "as "the hart panteth after the water brooks, fo "will your fouls long to eat again of the "bread which came down from heaven, and "to drink again of the fountain of life, which "cleanfeth