HOMILY ON CHRISTIAN LOVE AND CHARITY

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<bkdv3 n="2338"><f t="rl">A SERMON OF CHRI{\-}<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="2339">stian loue and charity.<f t="bk">
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<p>
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-1"><bkdv3 n="2340">O<f t="bl">F all things that be good to bee taught
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-2"><bkdv3 n="2341">vnto Christian people, there is nothing
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-3"><bkdv3 n="2342">more necessary to be spoken of, and dayly
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-4"><bkdv3 n="2343">called vpon, then charity: aswell for that
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-5"><bkdv3 n="2344">all maner of workes of righteousnesse bee
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-6"><bkdv3 n="2345">contayned in it, as also that the decay
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-7"><bkdv3 n="2346">thereof is the ruine or fall of the world,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-8"><bkdv3 n="2347">the banishment of vertue, and the cause
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-9"><bkdv3 n="2348">of all vice. And for so much as almost eue{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-10"><bkdv3 n="2349">ry man, maketh and frameth to himselfe
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-11"><bkdv3 n="2350">charity after his own appetite, and how
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-12"><bkdv3 n="2351">detestable soeuer his life bee, both vnto
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-13"><bkdv3 n="2352"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and man, yet hee perswadeth
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-14"><bkdv3 n="2353">himselfe still that he hath charity: therfore you shall heare now a true and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-15"><bkdv3 n="2354">plaine description or setting foorth of charity, not of mens imagination,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-16"><bkdv3 n="2355">but of the very wordes and example of our Sauiour <name t="ps">Iesus Christ</name>. In
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-17"><bkdv3 n="2356">which description or setting foorth, euery man (as it were in a glasse) may
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-18"><bkdv3 n="2357">consider himselfe, and see plainely without errour, whether hee bee in the
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-19"><bkdv3 n="2358">true charity, or not.
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<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2359"><f t="i">What chari{\-}
<bkdv3 n="2360">tie is.
<bkdv3 n="2361">The loue of
<bkdv3 n="2362">God. <f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-20"><bkdv3 n="2363">Charity is, to loue <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> with all our heart, all our soule, and all
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-21"><bkdv3 n="2364">our powers and strength. With all our heart: That is to say, that our
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-22"><bkdv3 n="2365">heart, minde, and study be set to beleeue his word, to trust in him, and to
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-23"><bkdv3 n="2366">loue him aboue all other things that wee loue best in heauen or in earth.
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-24"><bkdv3 n="2367">With all our life: that is to say, that our chiefe ioy and delight be set vpon
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-25"><bkdv3 n="2368">him and his honour, and our whole life giuen vnto the seruice of him a{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-26"><bkdv3 n="2369">boue all things, with him to liue and die, and to forsake all other things,

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2370"><cit work="NT. Matthew 10.37"><f t="r">Matth.10.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-27"><bkdv3 n="2371">rather then him. For he that loueth his father or mother, sonne or daugh{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-28"><bkdv3 n="2372">ter, house, or land, more then me (sayth <n p="ps>Christ</name>) is not woorthy to haue
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-29"><bkdv3 n="2373">me. With all our power, that is to say, that with our hands and feete,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-30"><bkdv3 n="2374">with our eyes and eares, our mouthes and tongues, and with all our
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-31"><bkdv3 n="2375">parts and powers, both of body and soule, we should be giuen to the kee{\-}

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2376"><f t="i">The loue of
<bkdv3 n="2377">thy neighbor. <f t="bl">
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<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-32"><bkdv3 n="2378">ping and fulfilling of his commandements. This is the first and princi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-33"><bkdv3 n="2379">pall part of charity, but it is not the whole: for charity is also to loue eue{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-34"><bkdv3 n="2380">ry man, good and euill, friend and foe, and whatsoeuer cause be giuen to
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-35"><bkdv3 n="2381">the contrary, yet neuerthelesse to beare good will and heart vnto euery

<bkdv3 n="2382"><fw t="catch">man,</fw>

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<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-36"><bkdv3 n="2384">man, to vse our selues well vnto them, aswell in wordes and counte{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-37"><bkdv3 n="2385">nances, as in all our outward actes and deedes: for so <n p="ps>Christ</name> himselfe
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-38"><bkdv3 n="2386">taught, and so also hee performed indeed. Of the loue of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> hee
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-39"><bkdv3 n="2387">taught in this wise vnto a doctour of the law, that asked him which was
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-40"><bkdv3 n="2388">the great and chiefe commandement in the Law, Loue thy Lord <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-41"><bkdv3 n="2389">(sayd <n p="ps>Christ</name>) with all thy heart, with all thy soule, and with all thy mind.

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2390"><cit work="NT. Matthew 22.37"><f t="r">Matt 22.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-42"><bkdv3 n="2391">And of the loue, that wee ought to haue among our selues each to other,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-43"><bkdv3 n="2392">he teacheth vs thus, You haue heard it taught in times past, Thou shalt

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2393"><cit work="NT. Matthew 5.43-47"><f t="r">Matt. 5.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-44"><bkdv3 n="2394">loue thy friend, and hate thy foe: But I tell you, Loue your enemies,

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2395"><cit work="NT. Matthew 5.43-47"><f t="r">Matt.5.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-45"><bkdv3 n="2396">speake well of them that defame and speake euill of you, doe well to them
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-46"><bkdv3 n="2397">that hate you, pray for them that vexe and persecute you, that you may be
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-47"><bkdv3 n="2398">the children of your father that is in heauen. For he maketh his Sunne
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-48"><bkdv3 n="2399">to rise both vpon the euill and good, and sendeth raine to the iust and vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-49"><bkdv3 n="2400">iust. For if you loue them that loue you, what reward shall you haue?
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-50"><bkdv3 n="2401">Doe not the Publicanes likewise? And if you speake well onely of them
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-51"><bkdv3 n="2402">that be your brethren and deare beloued friends, what great matter is
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-52"><bkdv3 n="2403">that? Doe not the Heathen the same also? These bee the very wordes of
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-53"><bkdv3 n="2404">our Sauiour <n p="ps>Christ</name> himselfe, touching the loue of our neighbour. And
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-54"><bkdv3 n="2405">forasmuch as the Pharisees (with their most pestilent traditions, and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-55"><bkdv3 n="2406">false interpretations, and glosses) had corrupted, and almost clearly stop{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-56"><bkdv3 n="2407">ped vp this pure Well of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> liuely word, teaching that this loue
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-57"><bkdv3 n="2408">and charity pertayned onely to a mans friends, and that it was sufficient
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-58"><bkdv3 n="2409">for a man to loue them which doe loue him, and hate his foes: therefore
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-59"><bkdv3 n="2410"><n p="ps>Christ</name> opened this Well againe, purged it and scoured it by giuing vnto
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-60"><bkdv3 n="2411">his godly law of charitie, a true and cleare interpretation, which is this:
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-61"><bkdv3 n="2412">that we ought to loue euery man, both friend and foe, adding thereto
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-62"><bkdv3 n="2413">what commodity we shall haue therby, and what incommodity by doing
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-63"><bkdv3 n="2414">the contrary. What thing can we wish so good for vs, as the eternall
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-64"><bkdv3 n="2415">heauenly father, to reckon, and take vs for his children? And this shall
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-65"><bkdv3 n="2416">we be sure of (sayth <n p="ps>Christ</name>) if we loue euery man without exception. And
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-66"><bkdv3 n="2417">if we doe otherwise (sayth he) we be no better then the Pharisees, Pub{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-67"><bkdv3 n="2418">licanes, and Heathen, and shall haue our reward with them, that is, to
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-68"><bkdv3 n="2419">be shut out from the number of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> chosen children, and from his
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-69"><bkdv3 n="2420">euerlasting inheritance in heauen.
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<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-70"><bkdv3 n="2421">Thus of true charitie, <n p="ps>Christ</name> taught that euery man is bound to loue
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-71"><bkdv3 n="2422"><f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> aboue all things, and to loue euery man, friend and foe. And
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-72"><bkdv3 n="2423">this likewise hee did vse himselfe, exhorting his aduersaries, rebu{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-73"><bkdv3 n="2424">king the faults of his aduersaries, and when hee could not amend them,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-74"><bkdv3 n="2425">yet hee prayed for them. First hee loued <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> his Father aboue all
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-75"><bkdv3 n="2426">things, so much that hee sought not his owne glorie and will, but the
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-76"><bkdv3 n="2427">glorie and will of his Father. I seeke not (sayd hee) mine owne will,

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2428"><cit work="NT. John 5.30"><f t="r">Iohn 6.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-77"><bkdv3 n="2429">but the will of him that sent mee. Nor hee refused not to die, to satisfie
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-78"><bkdv3 n="2430">his Fathers will, saying, If it may bee, let this cuppe of death passe

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2431"><cit work="NT. Matthew 26.39, 42"><f t="r">Matt.26.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-79"><bkdv3 n="2432">from mee: if not, thy will bee done, and not mine. Hee loued not onely
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-80"><bkdv3 n="2433">his friends, but also his enemies, which (in their heartes) bare excee{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-81"><bkdv3 n="2434">ding great hatred against him, and with their tongues spake all euill of
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-82"><bkdv3 n="2435">him, and in their actes and deedes pursued him with all their might and

<bkdv3 n="2436"><fw t="sig">D 3</fw><fw t="catch">power,</fw>

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<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-83"><bkdv3 n="2438">power, euen vnto death, yet all this notwithstanding, hee withdrew
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-84"><bkdv3 n="2439">not his fauour from them, but still loued them, preached vnto them in
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-85"><bkdv3 n="2440">loue, rebuked their false doctrine, their wicked liuing, and did good vn{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-86"><bkdv3 n="2441">to them, patiently taking whatsoeuer they spake or did against him.
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-87"><bkdv3 n="2442">When they gaue him euill wordes, hee gaue none euill againe. When
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-88"><bkdv3 n="2443">they did strike him, hee did not smite him againe: and when hee suffred
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-89"><bkdv3 n="2444">death, hee did not slay them, nor threaten them, but prayed for them, and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-90"><bkdv3 n="2445">did put all things to his fathers will. And as a sheepe that is lead vnto
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-91"><bkdv3 n="2446">the shambles to be slaine, and as a lambe that is shorne of his fleece, ma{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-92"><bkdv3 n="2447">keth no noyse nor resistance, euen so hee went to his death, without any
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-93"><bkdv3 n="2448">repugnance, or opening of his mouth to say any euill. Thus haue I set
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-94"><bkdv3 n="2449">foorth vnto you what charity is, aswell by the doctrine, as by the exam{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-95"><bkdv3 n="2450">ples of <n p="ps>Christ</name> himselfe, whereby also euery man may without errour
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-96"><bkdv3 n="2451">know himselfe, what state and condition hee standeth in, whether he bee
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-97"><bkdv3 n="2452">in charity, (and so the child of the father in heauen) or not. For although
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-98"><bkdv3 n="2453">almost euery man perswadeth himselfe to be in charity, yet let him exa{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-99"><bkdv3 n="2454">mine none other man, but his owne heart, his life and conuersation, and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-100"><bkdv3 n="2455">he shall not be deceiued, but truely discerne and iudge whether hee bee in
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-101"><bkdv3 n="2456">perfect charity or not. For hee that followeth not his owne appetite and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-102"><bkdv3 n="2457">will, but giueth himselfe earnestly to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, to doe all his will and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-103"><bkdv3 n="2458">commandements, hee may bee sure that hee loueth <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> aboue all
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-104"><bkdv3 n="2459">things, and else surely hee loueth him not, whatsoeuer hee pretend: as
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-105"><bkdv3 n="2460"><n p="ps>Christ</name> sayd, If yee loue mee, keepe my commandements. For hee that
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-106"><bkdv3 n="2461">knoweth my commandements, and keepeth them, he it is (sayth <n p="ps>Christ</name>)

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2462"><cit work="NT. John 14.15, 21"><f t="r">Iohn 14.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-107"><bkdv3 n="2463">that loueth mee. And againe he sayth, Hee that loueth me, will keepe my
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-108"><bkdv3 n="2464">word, and my Father will loue him, and we will both come to him, and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-109"><bkdv3 n="2465">dwell with him: and hee that loueth mee not, will not keepe my words.
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-110"><bkdv3 n="2466">And likewise hee that beareth a good heart and minde, and vseth well
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-111"><bkdv3 n="2467">his tongue and deeds vnto euery man, friend and foe, he may know there{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-112"><bkdv3 n="2468">by that he hath charitie. And when hee is sure that Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-113"><bkdv3 n="2469">taketh him for his deare beloued sonne, as S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iohn</name><f t="bl"> sayth, Heereby

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2470"><cit work="NT. 1 John 3.10"><f t="r">1.Iohn 3.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-114"><bkdv3 n="2471">manifestly are knowne the children of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, from the
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-115"><bkdv3 n="2472">children of the Diuell: for whosoeuer doeth
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-116"><bkdv3 n="2473">not loue his brother, belongeth not
<ttdv4 n="I.6.1-117"><bkdv3 n="2474">vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">.

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<heading>
<bkdv3 n="2477">&leaf; <f t="r">The second part of the Sermon
<bkdv3 n="2478"><f t="i">of Charitie. <f t="bk">
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<p>
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-118"><bkdv3 n="2479">Y<f t="bl">OU haue heard a plaine and a fruitfull setting foorth
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-119"><bkdv3 n="2480">of charity, and how profitable and necessary a thing cha{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-120"><bkdv3 n="2481">ritie is: how charitie stretcheth it selfe both to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-121"><bkdv3 n="2482">and man, friend and foe, and that by the doctrine and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-122"><bkdv3 n="2483">example of <n p="ps>Christ</name>: and also who may certifie himselfe
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-123"><bkdv3 n="2484">whether he be in perfect charity, or not. Now as con{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-124"><bkdv3 n="2485">cerning the same matter, it followeth. The peruerse na{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-125"><bkdv3 n="2486">ture of man, corrupt with sinne, and destitute of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> word and

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2487"><f t="i">Against
<bkdv3 n="2488">carnall men
<bkdv3 n="2489">that will not
<bkdv3 n="2490">forgiue their
<bkdv3 n="2491">enemies. <f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-126"><bkdv3 n="2492">grace, thinketh it against all reason, that a man should loue his enemie,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-127"><bkdv3 n="2493">and hath many perswasions which bring him to the contrary. Against
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-128"><bkdv3 n="2494">all which reasons, wee ought aswell to set the teaching, as the liuing of
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-129"><bkdv3 n="2495">our Sauiour <n p="ps>Christ</name>, who louing vs (when we were his enemies) doeth
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-130"><bkdv3 n="2496">teach vs to loue our enemies. He did patiently take for vs many repro{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-131"><bkdv3 n="2497">ches, suffered beating, and most cruell death. Therefore wee be no mem{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-132"><bkdv3 n="2498">bers of him, if we will not follow him. <n p="ps>Christ</name> (saith S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Peter</name><f t="bl">) suffered for

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2499"><cit work="NT. 1 Peter 2.21"><f t="r">1.Pet.2.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-133"><bkdv3 n="2500">vs, leauing an example that we should follow him.
<p>
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-134"><bkdv3 n="2501">Furthermore, wee must consider, that to loue our friends, is no more
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-135"><bkdv3 n="2502">but that which theeues, adulterers, homicides, and all wicked persons
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-136"><bkdv3 n="2503">doe: in so much that Iewes, Turkes, Infidels, and all bruite beasts, doe
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-137"><bkdv3 n="2504">loue them that be their friends, of whom they haue their liuing, or any
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-138"><bkdv3 n="2505">other benefites. But to loue enemies, is the proper condition of them
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-139"><bkdv3 n="2506">that bee the children of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, the disciples and followers of <n p="ps>Christ</name>.
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-140"><bkdv3 n="2507">Notwithstanding, mans froward and corrupt nature weigheth ouer
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-141"><bkdv3 n="2508">deepely many times, the offence and displeasure done vnto him by ene{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-142"><bkdv3 n="2509">mies, and thinketh it a burden intolerable, to bee bound to loue them
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-143"><bkdv3 n="2510">that hate him. But the burden should be easie ynough, if (on the other
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-144"><bkdv3 n="2511">side) euery man would consider, what displeasure hee hath done to his e{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-145"><bkdv3 n="2512">nemie againe, and what pleasure hee hath receiued of his enemie. And if
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-146"><bkdv3 n="2513">we finde no equall or euen recompence, neither in receiuing pleasures of
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-147"><bkdv3 n="2514">our enemie, nor in requiting displeasures vnto him againe: then let vs
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-148"><bkdv3 n="2515">ponder the displeasures which we haue done vnto Almightie <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, how
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-149"><bkdv3 n="2516">often and how grieuously wee haue offended him, whereof if wee will
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-150"><bkdv3 n="2517">haue of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> forgiuenesse, there is none other remedy, but to forgiue
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-151"><bkdv3 n="2518">the offences done vnto vs, which be very small, in comparison of our of{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-152"><bkdv3 n="2519">fences done against <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. And if we consider that he which hath offen{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-153"><bkdv3 n="2520">ded vs, deserueth not to bee forgiuen of vs, let vs consider againe, that we
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-154"><bkdv3 n="2521">much lesse deserue to bee forgiuen of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. And although our enemie
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-155"><bkdv3 n="2522">deserue not to be forgiuen for his owne sake, yet we ought to forgiue him
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-156"><bkdv3 n="2523">for <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> loue, considering how great and many benefits we haue re{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-157"><bkdv3 n="2524">ceiued of him, without our desertes, and that <n p="ps>Christ</name> hath deserued of vs,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-158"><bkdv3 n="2525">that for his sake wee should forgiue them their trespasses committed a{\-}

<bkdv3 n="2526"><fw t="catch">gainst</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="44" sig="D4v" side="outer" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="2527"><f t="r"><fw t="pag">44</fw> <fw t="header">The II. part of the Sermon</fw>

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2528"><f t="r">A question.<f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-159"><bkdv3 n="2529">gainst vs. But heere may rise a necessary question to bee dissolued. If cha{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-160"><bkdv3 n="2530">ritie require to thinke, speake, and doe well vnto euery man, both good
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-161"><bkdv3 n="2531">and euill: how can Magistrates execute iustice vpon malefactors or euill
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-162"><bkdv3 n="2532">doers with charitie? How can they cast euill men in prison, take away
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-163"><bkdv3 n="2533">their goods, and sometime their liues, according to lawes, if charitie

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2534"><f t="r">Answere.<f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-164"><bkdv3 n="2535">will not suffer them so to doe? Hereunto is a plaine and a briefe answer,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-165"><bkdv3 n="2536">that plagues and punishments be not euill of themselues, if they be well
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-166"><bkdv3 n="2537">taken of the harmelesse. And to an euill man they are both good and ne{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-167"><bkdv3 n="2538">cessarie, and may bee executed according to charity, and with charitie
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-168"><bkdv3 n="2539">should be executed. For declaration whereof, you shall vnderstand that

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2540"><f t="i">Charity
<bkdv3 n="2541">hath two
<bkdv3 n="2542">offices. <f t="bl">
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-169"><bkdv3 n="2543">charitie hath two offices, the one contrary to the other, and yet both ne{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-170"><bkdv3 n="2544">cessary to bee vsed vpon men of contrary sort and disposition. The one of{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-171"><bkdv3 n="2545">fice of charitie is, to cherish good and harmelesse men, not to oppresse them
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-172"><bkdv3 n="2546">with false accusations, but to encourage them with rewards to doe well,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-173"><bkdv3 n="2547">and to continue in well doing, defending them with the sword from their
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-174"><bkdv3 n="2548">aduersaries: as the office of Bishopes and Pastours is, to praise good men
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-175"><bkdv3 n="2549">for well doing, that they may continue therein, and to rebuke and cor{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-176"><bkdv3 n="2550">rect by the word of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, the offences and crimes of all euill disposed
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-177"><bkdv3 n="2551">persons. The other office of charity is, to rebuke, correct, and punish
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-178"><bkdv3 n="2552">vice, without regard of persons, and is to be vsed against them onely that
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-179"><bkdv3 n="2553">be euill men, and malefactours or euill doers. And that it is aswell
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-180"><bkdv3 n="2554">the office of charitie to rebuke, punish, and correct them that bee e{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-181"><bkdv3 n="2555">uill, as it is to cherish and reward them that bee good and harmelesse.

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2556"><cit work="NT. Romans 13.1, 4"><f t="r">Rom.13.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-182"><bkdv3 n="2557">S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> declareth (writing to the Romans) saying, That the high pow{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-183"><bkdv3 n="2558">ers are ordeined of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, not to be dreadfull to them that doe well, but
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-184"><bkdv3 n="2559">vnto malefactors, to draw the sword to take vengeance of him that com{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-185"><bkdv3 n="2560">mitteth the sinne. And <f t="r"><name t="ps">S. Paul</name><f t="bl"> biddeth<f t="r"> <name t="ps">Timothy</name><f t="bl"> stoutly and earnestly to

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="2561"><cit work="NT. 1 Timothy 5.20"><f t="r">1.Tim.1.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-186"><bkdv3 n="2562">rebuke sinne by the word of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. So that both offices should be di{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-187"><bkdv3 n="2563">ligently executed, to fight against the kingdome of the Diuell, the Prea{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-188"><bkdv3 n="2564">cher with the word, and the Gouernours with the sword. Else they nei{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-189"><bkdv3 n="2565">ther loue <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, nor them whom they gouerne, if (for lacke of correction)
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-190"><bkdv3 n="2566">they wilfully suffer <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> to be offended, and them whom they gouerne,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-191"><bkdv3 n="2567">to perish. For as euery louing father correcteth his naturall sonne when
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-192"><bkdv3 n="2568">he doeth amisse, or else he loueth him not: so all gouernours of Realmes,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-193"><bkdv3 n="2569">Countreys, Townes, and Houses, should louingly correct them which
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-194"><bkdv3 n="2570">bee offendours, vnder their gouernance, and cherish them which liue in{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-195"><bkdv3 n="2571">nocently, if they haue any respect either vnto <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and their office, or
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-196"><bkdv3 n="2572">loue vnto them of whom they haue gouernance. And such rebukes and
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-197"><bkdv3 n="2573">punishments of them that offend, must be done in due time, lest by delay,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-198"><bkdv3 n="2574">the offenders fall headlong into all manner of mischiefe, and not onely be
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-199"><bkdv3 n="2575">euill themselues, but also doe hurt vnto many men, drawing other by
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-200"><bkdv3 n="2576">their euill example, to sinne and outrage after them. As one theefe may
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-201"><bkdv3 n="2577">both robbe many men, and also make many theeues: and one seditious
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-202"><bkdv3 n="2578">person may allure many, and annoye a whole Towne or Countrie. And
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-203"><bkdv3 n="2579">such euill persons that bee so great offenders to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and the common
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-204"><bkdv3 n="2580">weale, charitie requireth to bee cut from the body of the common weale,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-205"><bkdv3 n="2581">least they corrupt other good and honest persons: like as a good Surgion

<bkdv3 n="2582"><fw t="catch">cutteth</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="45" sig="D5r" side="inner" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="2583"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of Swearing and periury.</fw><fw t="pag">45</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-206"><bkdv3 n="2584">cutteth away a rotten and festered member, for loue he hath to the whole
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-207"><bkdv3 n="2585">body, lest it infect other members adioyning vnto it. Thus it is decla{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-208"><bkdv3 n="2586">red vnto you what true charitie or Christian loue is, so plainely, that no
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-209"><bkdv3 n="2587">man neede to be deceiued. Which loue, whosoeuer keepeth, not onely to{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-210"><bkdv3 n="2588">wards <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> (whom he is bound to loue aboue all things) but also to{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-211"><bkdv3 n="2589">ward his neighbour, as well friend as foe, it shall surely keepe him from
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-212"><bkdv3 n="2590">all offence of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and iust offence of man. Therefore bears well away
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-213"><bkdv3 n="2591">this one short lesson, that by true Christian charitie, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> ought to be
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-214"><bkdv3 n="2592">loued, good, and euill, friend, and foe, and to all such, wee ought (as wee
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-215"><bkdv3 n="2593">may) to doe good: those that be good, of loue to encourage and cherish,
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-216"><bkdv3 n="2594">because they be good: and those that be euill, of loue to procure and seeke
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-217"><bkdv3 n="2595">their correction and due punishment, that they may thereby either bee
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-218"><bkdv3 n="2596">brought to goodnesse, or at the least that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and the common wealth
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-219"><bkdv3 n="2597">may be lesse hurt and offended. And if we thus direct our life, by Christi{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-220"><bkdv3 n="2598">an loue and charitie, then <n p="ps>Christ</name> doeth promise and assure vs that hee lo{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-221"><bkdv3 n="2599">ueth vs, that we be the children of our heauenly Father, reconciled to his
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-222"><bkdv3 n="2600">fauour, very members of <n p="ps>Christ</name>, and that after this short time of this pre{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-223"><bkdv3 n="2601">sent and mortall life, wee shall haue with him euerlasting life in his euer{\-}
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-224"><bkdv3 n="2602">lasting kingdome of heauen. Therefore to him with the Father and the
<ttdv4 n="I.6.2-225"><bkdv3 n="2603">holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, now and for euer. Amen.
<p>

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