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Consider that our great Business and • Concern in this World, which we are to • look upon as a State of Trial, is to re
cover out of this corrupt State, and to "attain that Refemblance to God, after • which Man was created, and without • which it is impossible to obtain Happines in the Kingdom of Heaven. What an
important Concern then have you to • mind, who have been so far from doing • any Thing in it, that you have made it ! more difficult by doing the quite con• trary.
Consider that it is absolutely neceffary • to bring our Wills to a full and entire • Resignation and Conformity to the Will . and Laws of our Creator.
• Read over seriously the Office of Pub• lick Baptism, which will instruct you on . what Terms and Conditions you were ad.
mitted into Christ's Church, and to the • Hopes of Mercy and eternal Life, and • conder how you have performed those • Conditions. Read likewise the Exhor• tation in the Office of Commination, or
denouncing of God's Anger and Judg•ments against Sinners, in the Book of • Common Prayer.
Shun Idlenefs, and all unprofitable Vi“ fits. Look diligently into the State of
• Faith. For all such Confederacies being
evil in their own Nature, their Secrets ! cannot lawfully be kept. To conceal them • therefore, is both dishonest and dishonour. • able; and to discover them, an Act of fuf“tice to human Society, and of Charity to • the Innocent, who by such Discovery may .. be preserved from being injured by the • Wicked engaged in these Confederacies, • which may hereby be broken. Nay, it * may be the greatest: Charity that can be
shewn to the Guilty themselyes, who may • be led to Repentance, and prevailed with
to follow an honest Course of Life. '. . . Another necessary Part of true Repentcance is Reftitution, and Satisfaction, as • far as you are able to the Persons you • have robbed; praying heartily to God, to .: make up what is wanting, by his Grace • and Blessing to them.') titelle
More particular Directions to Persons | under these unhappy. Circumstances, they
may receive from those who are so cha* ritable as to visit them, and from good • Books which may be put into their • Hands; particularly Mr. Kettlewell's Of • fice for Prisoners, also the Directions for • Examination, the Prayers, &c. in the
Second Part of this Book inay be of Use " to them in private,': Here follows, is:
A Prayer that may be used with condemmed : Prisoners by those who visit them.
Most holy and righteous God, we adore
the Wisdom and Justice of thy Providence, in bringing these Persons now under Sentence of Death, to suffer such Punish: ments as their Sins have deserved. Blessed be thy Name, that thou didst not cut them off in the Midst of their Sins, but hast af. forded them Time to consider their Condi, tion, and to repent and humble themselves before thee. i gue. , in . . . , · If thou, Lord, should'st mark our Tranfgressions, and deal with us as in Justice thou mightest, who could stand before thee? But there is Mercy with thee, that thou mayest be feared, ..
Their Sins have found them out, and brought them to Shame and Misery. They are more than they can number, and greater than they can express. Dispose their Hearts to a full and free Confession of their Transgressions, and to make such Sa: tisfaction to their Country, and the Persons they have injured, as they are able.
All our Hope is in thy Mercy, and in the gracious Promises thou hast made to Mankind in thy Son Jesus Christ, who was
pleased to suffer Death upon the Cross, to make Satisfaction for all true penitent and returning Sinners. Thou hast assured us, that the Unrighteous shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, and that except we rehent we mall all perib; but thou hast promised too, that if the Wicked forsake his Way, if he grieve and mourn for his Sins, if he hate and forsake them, thou wilt have Mercy upon him. Oh! fill their Souls with Horror and Confusion for their Tranfgref. fions. Open their Eyes, that they may fee their Guilt, and be sensible of their Danger. And grant, that being turned from their Sins, their Souls may be washed and cleansed in that Fountain, which thou haft opened for Sin and Uncleanness.
touch their Hearts with a lively Sense of thy Love, and of thy Goodness; and dispose their Minds, by the powerful Affiftances of thy Grace, to close with the Offer of Salvation upon those juft and reasonable Conditions made to them.
Give them a lively and effectual Faith in thy Son Jesus Christ. And though the Remembrance of their Sins may fill their Souls with Dread and Horror, yet do thou, O Lord, convince them, that their Sins are not greater than thy Mercy can pardon, nor rreater than the Blood of thy Son can make