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1. For ourselves.
of others, Ezek. iii. 18, 20.
in Sin, Ephes. v. 1 1. AE. XX. 20. Qui non vet at peccare cum poteft, jubet. 2. For others, to keep them from Sin and
Hell, S. Jam. V. 20. S. Matt. xviii. 15.
Ezek. iji. 26. But very particular Care is to be taken in giving Reproof, that it be,
1. Personal, or before their Faces, 2 Sam.
2. With Prudence, S. Jude 22, 23. S. Matr.
gév, cinna' oupbracúeryo uele Stovoices émia
θεος, αλλά μεία φιλοσοςγίας διορθών, Chryf. II. Positively.
Not to entertain a bad Opinion of any Man, without a juft Cause. 1. Not of any Man's Person, S. Luk. xiii. 32.
Words, Pfal. lvi. 5. 3.
Actions, S. Luk. xix. 17.
much less, of his Thoughts. Because, - 1. We should do to others, as we would
have others do to us, S. Matt. vii. 12. 2. Hereby we rob our Neighbour of his Due,
even Credit, which is, and ought to be
most Dear to'us. Becaufe, I. Man is moft honourable of all Creatures.
2. His Honour is in his Holiness, 1 S. Pet.
3. By judging him, we pronounce him
finful, and so deprive him of his Ho
nour, Rom. xiii. 7.
Rom. xiv. 4. S. Jam. iv. 1 2.
1. By Men, S. Matt. vii. 1, 2.
Who will judge,
Thoughts, Rom. ii. 15, 16.
1. How far are such from obeying Christ, who are always censuring others ?
2. Let us judge ourselves rather than others, 2 Cor. xiji. 5.
ourselves for. And,
other Mens, S. Matt. vii. 3, 4.
S. MATT. vi. 20. But lay up for yourselves Treasures in
HAT Treasures can we lay up in
Heaven ? 1. The Love and Favour of God, which will be very beneficial in this World, Ephef. ii. 7. Psal. iv. 6. Rom. viii. 28.
2. Everlasting Glory and Happiness, containing all manner of true Riches, and therefore express’d by the Names that we give to the Riches. of this would ; as, Mansions, S. Job. xiv, 2.
or conceive, i Cor. ii. 9.
xiii. 449 45.
II. What does our Saviour mean by Laying up Treasures in Heaven?
In general, to be charitable to the poor, and so to use the Things of this World, as to recover the Favour of God by them, and have Comfort of them hereafter, S. Luk. xii. 33, 34. and xvi. 9. 1 Tm. vi. 8.
Now to direct you in this weighty Business, we fall consider,
1. Who ought to give. 1. Every one, tho' he is not able, yet should
be willing, 2 Cor. viii. 12. 2. They only are bound actually to give,
who have something of their own,
I Foh. iii. 17. Ifa. Ixi. 8. 3. Hence, not only the Rich, 1 Tim. vi. 17.
but Men of the lowest Estate, even such as labour with their Hands, ought to give something, Ephes. iv. 28. S. Mar.
xii. xlii. At. XX. 34. 2. How much is every one bound to give ?
1. Bountifully, 2 Cor. ix. 6. 2. Proportionably to his Estate, 1 Cor. xvi. 2. 3. More than we spend upon our Lusts, our
Pleasures, and our Vanities. 4. What ourselves have no real need of,
2 Cor. viii. 14. 5. Sometimes what is necessary, when others
Necessities are greater than our own,
2 Cor. viii. 3. 3. How ought we to give ?
1. From a Sense of our Duty to God. 2. Out of Love and Pity to our distressed
Brother, I Cor. xiii. 3. 3. Willingly, 2 Cor. viii. 3,10,11,12. I Tim.
vi. 18. 4. Chearfully, 2 Cor. ix. 7. Rom. xii. 8. 5. Readily, without Delay, Prov. iii. 27, 28.
Deut. XV, 10. 6. Thankfully, 1 Chron. xxix. 13, 14. 7. Sincerely and from a right End, and
therefore, 1. Not from Kain-glory, S. Max. vi. 1, 2.
for that makes it no good Work, and hinders the Reward, ibid. Such
Men giving not to the Poor, but to themselves ; nay, they do not give, but sell, bartering their Money for
the Praise of Men.
iii. 9. I Cor. X. 31.
1. To the Poor in general, Act. xx. 35. 1 Joh.
sities in the first place.
S. Matt. xv. 5, 6, S. Joh. xix. 27. 3. Our own Families, I Tim. v. 8. 4. The Good before the Bad, Gal. vi. 10.
Rom. xii. 13. To enforce Obedience to this Command ; consider,
1. It is implanted in our Natures, S. Matt. vii. 12.
2. God hath made it our Brother's Due : This being the way whereby God provides for the Poor, Mal. iii. 8. Deut. xxvi. 1 29 1 3.
3. There is a Blessing entaild upon it, Act. XX. 35. yea, it brings a Blessing upon all we have, Prov. xxviii. 27. and iii. 9, 10.
4. All that we have is God's, 1 Chron. xxix. II. Deut. xxvi. I, 1o.
5. Yet, what we give He will restore, Prov. xix. 17.
6. For Christ looks upon it as done to Himself, S. Matt, XXV. 34.
7. By Charity we imitate, and are like unto God, S. Luß. vi. 36.