Deuteronomy 7* Intercourse with the Canaanites forbidden. (1-11) Promises ifthey were obedient. (12-26)1-11 Here is a strict caution against all friendship andfellowship with idols and idolaters. Those who are in communionwith God, must have no communication with the unfruitful worksof darkness. Limiting the orders to destroy, to the nations herementioned, plainly shows that after ages were not to draw thisinto a precedent. A proper understanding of the evil of sin, andof the mystery of a crucified Saviour, will enable us toperceive the justice of God in all his punishments, temporal andeternal. We must deal decidedly with our lusts that war againstour souls; let us not show them any mercy, but mortify, andcrucify, and utterly destroy them. Thousands in the world thatnow is, have been undone by ungodly marriages; for there is morelikelihood that the good will be perverted, than that the badwill be converted. Those who, in choosing yoke-fellows, keep notwithin the bounds of a profession of religion, cannot promisethemselves helps meet for them. 12-26 We are in danger of having fellowship with the works ofdarkness if we take pleasure in fellowship with those who dosuch works. Whatever brings us into a snare, brings us under acurse. Let us be constant to our duty, and we cannot questionthe constancy of God's mercy. Diseases are God's servants; theygo where he sends them, and do what he bids them. It istherefore good for the health of our bodies, thoroughly tomortify the sin of our souls; which is our rule of duty. Yet sinis never totally destroyed in this world; and it actuallyprevails in us much more than it would do, if we were watchfuland diligent. In all this the Lord acts according to the counselof his own will; but that counsel being hid from us, forms noexcuse for our sloth and negligence, of which it is in no degreethe cause. We must not think, that because the deliverance ofthe church, and the destruction of the enemies of the soul, arenot done immediately, therefore they will never be done. Godwill do his own work in his own method and time; and we may besure that they are always the best. Thus corruption is drivenout of the hearts of believers by little and little. The work ofsanctification is carried on gradually; but at length there willbe a complete victory. Pride, security, and other sins that arecommon effects of prosperity, are enemies more dangerous thanbeasts of the field, and more apt to increase upon us.
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