A godlie exhortation to mortification of our sinfull affections, and to holinèsse of life: written by a vertuous Gentlewoman.
IF yee liue after the flesh, you shall die: but if ye through the spirit doo mortifie the deeds of the bodie, ye shall liue. For as many as are led by the spirit of God they are the sonnes of God. Rom. 8.
This also, we knowe the season that we should now awake out of sleepe. For now is our sal∣uation neere: the night is passed, the daie is come nie: let vs put on the armor of light, let vs walke honestlie, as it were in the day light, not in eating and drinking, neither in chambering and wantonnesse, neither in strife and enuieng: but put yee on the Lord Iesus Christ, and make no prouision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts of it. Rom. 13.
The reward of sinne is death: but eternall life is the gift of God through Iesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 6.
Deerlie beloued, abstaine from fleshlie lusts, which fight against the soule: and see that ye haue honest con∣uersation among the Gentils, that wheras they back∣bite you as euill dooers, they may see your good works, and glorifie God in the daie of visitation. 1. Peter. 2.
I saie walke in the spirit, and fulfill not the lusts of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth contrarie to the spirit, and the spirit contrarie to the flesh. These are contra∣rie one to the other, so that ye can not doo whatsoeuer ye would: but and if ye be led of the spirit, then are ye not vnder the lawe. The deeds of the flesh are mani∣fest, which are these: adulterie, fornication, vnclean∣nesse, wantonnes, worshipping of images, witchcraft, hatred, variance, zeale, wrath, strife, seditions, sects, enuieng, murther, dronkennesse, gluttonie, & such like. Of the which I tell yee before, as I haue told you in Page 248 times past, that they which commit such things, shall not be inheritours of the kingdome of God. They tru∣lie that are Christs, haue crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts thereof. Galat. 5.
Let no filthie communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to edifie withall: as oft as neede is, that it may minister grace vnto the hea∣rers, and grieue not the holie spirit of God. Phil. 4.
Followe not thy lusts, but turne thee frō thine owne will. For if thou giuest thy soule hir desires, it shall make thine enimies to laugh thee to scorne. Sirac. 18.
An adulterous woman shall be troden vnder foot as mire of euerie one that goeth by the waie. Sirac. 9.
Ye adulterers, and women that breake matrimonie, knowe ye not how that the friendship of the world is enimitie to God-ward. Whosoeuer will be a friend of the world, is made enimie of God. Submit your selues to God, and resist the diuell, and he will flie from you: drawe nie to God, and he will drawe nie to you. Clense your hands ye sinners, and purge your harts ye waue∣ring minded: suffer afflictions, sorrowe ye, and weepe, let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your ioie to heauinesse. Cast downe your selues before the Lord, and he shall lift you vp. Iames. 4.
For the children of adulterers, they shall come to an end, and the seed of an vnrighteous bed shall be roo∣ted out. And though they liue long, yet shall they be no∣thing regarded, and their last age shall be without ho∣nour. If they die hastilie they haue no hope, neither shall they be spoken to in the daie of knowledge. For horrible is the death & end of the vnrighteous. Wisd. 3.
The children of the vngodlie are abhominable chil∣dren, and so are all they that accompanie with the vn∣godlie. The inheritance of vngodlie children shall come to naught, and their posteritie shall haue a perpetuall shame and confusion. Wo be vnto you ye vngodlie, Page 249 which haue forsaken the lawe of the highest. If ye doo liue, ye shall be cursed: if ye die, the curse shall be your portion. Labour to get thee a good name, for it shall continue surer by thee, than a thousand great trea∣sures of gold. Sirac. 41.
The Lord alloweth the righteous, but the vngodlie and him that delighteth in wickednesse, doth his soule abhor. Upon the vngodlie he shall raine snares, fire and brimstone, storme and tempest, this shall be their portion to drinke. For the righteous Lord loueth righ∣teousnesse. Psal. 11.
As for sinners, they shall be confounded out of the earth, and the vngodlie shall come to an end. Psal. 103.