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2 PET. 1:6. And to temperance patience, I. W Hat is Patience ? 1. GOD orders the World, and disposeth
of every thing in it, Mat. x. 29, 30. 2. As he gives Comforts, so it is he too that
gives Troubles, Isa. xlv. 7. Job. i. 2. . .. and ii. 10. . 3. As we are to moderate our Affections to
• the Pleasures, fo we are to moderate
them to Troubles too. The first is Tem
perance, and the other Patience. Şo as 1. Not to faint under any Trouble,Heb. xii.
5. Prov. xxiv. 10. Heb. x. 35, 36. ... 2. Not to murmur or repine against GOD, : 1 Cor. X. 10. Rom. ix. 20. , 3. Nor retain any Malice or revengeful
Thoughts against his Inftruments,
1 Pet. ii. 20, and iii. 9. Mat. V. 44. 4. But to be always ready to bear any
Trouble, Afts xxi. 13. s. That we rejoyce and be thankful for
whatsoever we here meet with, Heb. X. 34. Aits v. 41. Mat. v. 11, 12. Job i. 22. Jam.v. 11.
served them by our Sins, Lam. iji. 39.
Jab vii. 20. Mic.vii.g. , 2. They are much less than we deserve, Ezr.
ix. 13. Lam. iii. 22. 3. As our Sufferings themselves are but small
in Comparison of what we have deserved, so they are but of short Continu
ance, Heb. x. 36, 37. 4. God is patient towards us, and therefore
we must needs have all the Reason in the World to be fo to him, 2 Pet. iii,
9. Rom. xv. s. f. Impatience makes our Troubles worse;
Patience makes them better, yez, turns them into Bleffings, fam. i. 4. By this,
we pofle's our Souls, Luke xxi. 19. 6. All Troubles come from GOD, and that
fhould make us patient above all things,
2. His Mercy in moderating, 1 Cor. . X. 13. 3. His end in infli&ing any Trouble
upon us, Heh, xii. 10. 2 Cor. iv. 17. 7. Our Bleffed Saviour him elf hath fer us an
exact Pattern of true Patience, Ifa. liïi. 7. i Pet. ii. 20, 21, 22, 23. Heb. xii. In 2, 3.
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