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Let your light be attended with the warmth of love, Be not satisfied to know the way to heaven, but walk in it immediately, constantly, and joyfully. Be all truly in earnest : you may, indeed, impose upon your brethren, by a formal attendance on the means of grace, but you cannot deceive the Searcher of hearts. Let him always see your hearts struggling towards him ; and if you fall through heaviness, floth, or unbelief, do not make a bad matter worse by continuing helpless in the ditch of Gn and guilt. Up, and away to the fountain of Jesus's blood. It will not only wash away the guilt of past fins, but strengthen you to tread all iniquity under your feet for the time to come. Never forget, that the foul of the diligent shall be made fat, and that the Lord will fpue the lukewarm out of his mouth, unless he gets that love which makes fervent in fpirit, diligent in business, serving the Lord.
You know the way to get this love is, 1. To con. sider the free mercy of God, and to believe in the pardoning love of Jesus, who died the just for the unjust, to bring us to God. 2. To be frequently, if not constantly applying this faith, with all the attention of your mind, and all the fervour of your heart Lord « I am loft, but Clirist hath died.” 3. To try actually to love, as you can, by setting your affections on Christ, whom you see not; and for his fake, on your brethren whom you do fee. 4. To use much private prayer for yourselves and others ; and to try to keep up that communion with God and your absent brethren. I beg in order to this, that you will not forfake the af. sembling of yourselves together, as the manner of fome is : and when you meet as a Society, be neither back. ward, nor forward to speak. Efteem yourselves every one as the meanest in company, and be glad to sit at the feet of the lowest. If you are tempted against any one, yield not to the temptation, and pray inuch for that love, which hopes all things, and puts the best colle (truction even upon the worst of failings. I beg, for Christ's sake, I may find no divisions nor offences among jou ou my return. “If there be any consolation in Chrift, it any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, and of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or valn glory; but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem other better thay themselves."
I earnestly request the continuance of your prayers for me, both as a minister, and as your companion in tribulation. Ak particularly, that the Lord would keep me from hurting his cause in these parts ; and that when Providence shall bring me back among you, I may be more thoroughly furnished for every good work. Paidon me, if I do not falute you by name : iny heart does it, if iny pen does not. That the blessing of God in Jesus Christ may crown all your hearts, and all your meetings, is the earnest prayer of, My very dear brethren, yours, &c. 1. F.
Oakhall, Sept. 23d, 1766, To those who love or fear the Lord Jesus Christ at Madeley : Grace, peace, and love be multiplied to you from our God and Saviour Jesus Chrift.
Providence, my dear brethren, called nie so sud. denly from you, that I had not time to take my leave, and recommend myself to your prayer3. But I hope the good Spirit of our God, which is the Spirit of love and fupplication, bas brought me to your remem. brance, as the poorest and weakest of Christ's mini. sters, and consequently, as him whose hands stand most in need of being strengthened and lifted up by. your prayers. Pray on, then, for yourselves, for one anotber, and for him whose glory is to minister to you in holy things, and whose Torrow it is, not to do it in a manner more suitable to the majelly of the gospel, and more profitable to your souls.
My heart is with you ; nevertheless, I bear patient. ' ly this bodily separation for three reasons. First, the variety of more faithful and able ministers whom you kave, during my absence, is more likely to be services
able to you, than my presence among you': and I would always prefer your profit to my fatisfaction. Secondly, I hope Providence will give me thofe opportunities of conversing and praying with a greater variety of experienced Christians, which will tend to my own improve. ment, and I trust, in the end, to yours. Thirdly, I flatter myself, that after some weeks absence, my min nistry will be recommended by the advantage of novelty which (the more the pity) goes farther with some, than the word itself. In the mean time, I shall give you some advice, which it may be, will prove both suitable and profitable to you.
1. Endeavour to improve daily under the ministry which Providence blesses you with. Be careful to attend it with diligence, faith, and prayer. Would it not be a great Mame, if, when ministers come thirty or forty miles to offer you peace and pardon, strength and comfort, in the name of God, any of you should flight the glorious message or hear it, as if it was nothing to you, and as if you heard it not ? See, then, that you never come from a fermon, without being more deeply convinced of fin and righteousness.
2. Use more prayer before you go to church. Consider that your next appearance there may be in a coffin ; and entreat the Lord to give you now, fo to hunger and thirst after righteousness, that you may be filled. Hungry people never go fasting from a feast. Call to mind the text I preached from, the last Sunday but one before I left you. Wherefore laying aside ell guile, dec. 1 Pet. ii. 13.
3. When you are under the word, beware of fitting as judges, and not as criminals. Mary judge of the manner, matter, voice, and person of the preacher. You, perhaps, judge all the congregation, when you should judge yourselves worthy of eternal death; and yet, worthy of eternal life, through the worthiness of him, who stood and was condemned at Pilate's bar for you. The moment you have done crying to God, as guil. ty, or thanking Christ, as reprieved criminals, you have reason to conclude that this advice is levelled at you. :
. 4. When you have used: a means of grace, and do not find yourselves sensibly quickened, let it be a matter of deep humiliation to you. For want of repenting of their unbelief and hardness of heart, fome get into a habit of deadness and indolence; so that they come to be as insensible, and as little ashamed of themselves for it, as stones. .
5. Beware of the inconsistent behaviour of those, who complain they are full of wanderings, in the even ing, under the word, when they have suffered their minds to wander from Christ all the day long. O! get acquainted with him, that you may walk in him, and with him.' Whatsoever you do or fay, especially in the things of God, do or fay it, as if Christ was before, behind, and on every side of you. Indeed, he is so, whether you consider it or not ; for if when he viGbly appeared on earth, he called himself the Son of Man who is in heaven, how much more, then, is he prefent on earth now, that he makes his immediate appearance in heaven?. Make your conscience then, to maintain a sense of his bleffed presence all the day long, and, all the day long you will have a continual feast ; for can you conceive any thing more delightful; than to be always at the fountain of love, beauty, and joy ; at the fpring of power, wisdom, goodnefs, and truth? Can there be a purer and more melting happiness, than to be with the best of fathers, the kindest of brothers, the most generous of benefactors, and the tenderest of husbands? Now Jesus is all this, and much more to the believing foul. O! believe, my friends, in Jesus now, through a continual now; and, until you can tkus believe, mourn over your unbelieving hearts'; drag them to him, as you can ; think of the efficacy of his blood shed for the ungodly, and wait for the Spirit of faith from on high.
6. Some of you wonder, why you cannot believe ; why you cannot see Jesus with the eye of your mind, and delight in him with all the affections of your heart. I apprehend the reason to be one of these, or, perhaps, all of them.
First, you are pot poor, loft, undone, helpless finners in yourselves. You indulge fpiritual and refined self. righteoufnefs; you are not yet dead to the law, and quite fain by the commandment. Now the kingdom of heaven belongs to none but to the poor in Spirit. Jefus came to save none but the lost. What wonder, then, if Jesus is notliing to you, and if you do not live in his kingdom of peace, righteoufness, and joy in the Holy Ghoft?
Secondly, perhaps you fpend your time in curious reasonings, instead of casting yourfelves, as forlorn finners, at Clirist's feet ; leaving it to lim to bless you, when, and in the manner and degree, he pleases. Know, that he is the wife and fovereign God, apd that it is your duty to lie before him as clay,mas fouls, -as finful nothings.
Thirdly, perhiaps, some of you wilfully keep idols of one kind or other ; you indulge some sin against light and knowledge, and it is neither matter of huo miliation, nor confeffion to you. The love of praise, of the world, of money, and of fenfual gratifications, when not lamented, are as implacable enemies to Christ as Judas and Herod. How can you believe, seeing you seek the honour that cometh of men ? Hew, then, your Agags in pieces before the Lord; run from your De. lilahs to Jesus; cut off the right hand, and pluck out the right eye that offends you. Come out from among them, and be separate, saith the Lord, and I will re. ceive you. Nevertheless, when you strive, take care not to make yourselves a righteousness of your striving. Remember that meritorious, justifying righteousnefs is finished and brought in, and that your works can no more add to it, than your fins can diininish from it. Shout, then, the Lord our righteousness: and if you feel yourselves undone finners, humbly, yet boldly say, In the Lord I have righteousness and strength.
When I'was in London, I endeavoured to make the most of my time ;, that is to say, to hear, receive, and pradife the word. Accordingly, I went to Mr. WhitSeld's tabernacle, and heard himn give his society a most