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and the light of the gospel) suffered thyself to live in ignorance of him, and thy duty?
Haft thou not been so foolish ás to put off thy repentance, thereby rendering thyself less able to let about it?
Haft thou a reverent regard to the facraments which God hath appointed in his church?
Art thou mindful of thy part of the covenant made with God in baptism?
Haft thou made it thy care to live suitable to thy facramental profession, and solemn engagements ?
Haft thou seriously considered that amazing inftance of the love of Christ, in redeeming thee from the bondage and dominion of sin, and the tyranny of the devil ?
Dost thou depend upon the merits and satisfaction of Christ, and doit thou hope for acceptance with God rit of thy own?
Haft thou frequented the holy facrament of the Lord's fupper? or haft thou not staid away through causeless prejudice, or feigned excuses, being unwilling to part with thy sins? Or,
Halt thou at any time received the blessed sacrament without repentance, and a stedfaft purpofe to lead a new life; without a firin and lively faith; a hearty and thankful remembrance of the love of Chrift, in giving himself
to be a sacrifice for our fins; and without a sincere and universal love and goodwill to all mankind?
11. Concerning our duty towards our neighbour. * TUI KURN now, O my soul, and seriously consider
whether thou hast discharged thy duty to thy neighbour? and first reflect, that, in the sense of the Gölpel, not only the person who dwells near thee, but every man is thy neighbour. : Doftthou consider thy neighbours as thy brethren ånd fellow-members of the body of Christ ?
Hast thou had that universal love and charity for all men, as to desire all good to them, without so much as wishing evil or harm to any one ?
Haftthou, in conformity to this rule, endeavour: ed in thy place and ftation to prevent evil and damage to the souls, and bodies, and estates of others?
Haft thou never been the ineans of hurting the foul of thy neighbour, in, drawing him to fin by thy authority, or allurements, or example?
Haft thou discouraged or deterred any one from the serious practice of religion and piety?
Haft thou sought and endeavoured to bring those to repentance, whom thou hast any ways led into sin?
Dost thou endeavour to restrain thy neighbour from running into sin, by seasonable cautions, and friendly admonitions ?
Halt thou delighted to grieve any one?
This Duty may be found explained at large in the neto Wuole Duty of Man, Sunday 8. Şection I, &c.
bour, by murdering, maiming,or hurtingit, or been the means and occasion of doing any of these?
Hast thou never been guilty of fighting or attempting duels ?
Haft thou not inticed or corrupted thy neighbour's wife, or his daughter, or any others belong ing to him, and under his care?
Haft thou injured thy neighbour, in his goods or estate, by damaging him; by defrauding or overreaching him in bargains, or contracts; or in his good name, by Nandering, backbiting, or insule?
Hast thou always performed thy words and con. tracts, without shuffing, treachery, or deceit?
Hast thou envied the good and prosperity of thy neighbour?
Reflect if thou hast not publish'd thy neighbour's faults, when neither the glory of God, nor the good of others, made such a publication necessary?
Doft thou not delight in laying open the failings of thy neighbour?
Hast thou borne false witness against any man in a court of justice, or reproached, reviled, and railed against thy neighbour, in thy ordinary conversati on? or secretly Aandered him by whispering and backbiting?
Dost thou encourage backbiters, by liftning to them, or giving too easy credit to their Nander HIS
- Haft thou not oppress’d thy neighbour by thy power and authority, or by extortion, and griping ufury?
Doftthou make a conscience of speaking accords ing to truth?
Haft thou endeavour'd to assist thy neighbourin any distresses, to comfort him in his troubles; or when aspersed wrongfully, to vindicate his reputation?
Hast thou, in the management of thy estate or calling, run into debt without hopes or design of payment ?
Haft thou openly by force, or secretly by theft, taken away the goods of thy neighbour, or betray, ed him in any matter committed to thy trust and management ?
Art thou ready to make restitution according to thy power, for the wrong and injustice thou halt a any time done thy neighbour?
Haft thou not scoffed at or villified thy neighbour, for deformity of body or weakness of mind?
Hast thou had a more special love to all true and sincere christians, meekly borne with their infirmities, and heartily desired and fought their welfare?
Hast thou relieved the wants and neceflities of thy neighbour according to thy ability, as one that is affected with them, and as being thyself also in the body, and liable to the same wants, distresses, and troubles with others?
Dost thou approve thyself careful of those of thy family, thy friends and relations, or any others that are committed to thy care, to counsel, to comfort, to reprove, as occasion is given, and need requires ?
Haft thou been mild and gentle in thy carriage towards thy inferiors; courteous, affable, and obiiging towards thy equals; and doft thou pay due ho
nour and reverence to thy superiors in church and Itate, for conscience fake, as having their authority from God?
Dost thou shew due thankfulness and gratitude to all thy benefactors?
Art thou ready, after the example of our blessed Saviour, to forgive, and to do good to, and to pray for thy enemies, and dolt thou not feek or desire opportunities of revenge?
Dost thou enforce upon thy mind, as oft as thou meetest with any provocation to revenge or refentment, as much as possible to live peaceably with all Men? III. Concerning our duty towards ourselves.*
Aft thou lived without the thought and confi
deration, that thou wast created by God to be eternally happyor miserable after this life; notwithftanding thy interest and duty, and the exprefscommand of God, call and oblige thee to be much and frequent in the exercise thereof?
Hast thou duly considered the terms and conditions; upon which God hath promised to make thee everlastingly happy?
Haft thou not wasted thy time in idleness or any unprofitable vanity?
Hast thou laid to heart the shortness ana nncertainty of this present life, and daily improved it to the best advantage?
Doft This duty may be found explained at large in the netu WWOCE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 13. Section I, &