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- Dost thou take care to admonish and reprove others for their fins, so far as thou mayst with prudence and decency?
Hast thou faithfully received the Scriptures, not as the word of inan, but as they are in truth, the word of God ?
Dost thou read and observe them, in order to make them the rule of life?
Have the promisesandawakening threatenings therein prevailed with thee, to govern thyself according to the holy and adınirable precepts therein delivered?
Halt thou honoured him by a reverent usage of whatsoever things or persons belong to him, and are dedicated to his ho. nour and service?
Dost thou consider the Lord's Day, as set apart by God for the care of the soul, and the preparation of ourselves for the next life, and for his more immediate worfhip, in keeping it holy, to those ends for which it was appointed; by atiending the public service of the church; in reading and hearing his holy word ; in prayer and meditation, and good discourle on the Sabbaik Daya
Dost thou go to church with a hearty intention to serve God, and to be instructed in thy duty, or reminded of it, and not only for fashion's sake ?
Dost thou afterwards reflect upon what thou hast heard, and lay it up in thy heart, that thou mayst live according to it?
Halt thou so little regarded this holy day, as to spend it in travelling, and taking unneceffary journeys thereupon, such as might as well have been performed on any other day?
Halt thou every day duly prayed to him, and praised him for thy mercies received ?
Have thy prayers and praises been always accompanied with such a sense of God, and such seriousness, fervency, and affection, as he requires ?
Hast thou, notwithstandingthe means of grace,andthe lightofthegospel,fufferedthyfelftoliveinignorance of hin,andthyduty?
Haft thou not been so foolish as to put off thy repentance, thereby rendering thyself leis able to set about it?
Hast thou a reverent regard to the facra, mients which God hath appointed in his church?
Art thou mindful of thy part of the covenant made with God in baptism?
Hast thou made it thy care to live suitably to thy facramental profession, and folemn engagements ?
Haít thou seriously considered that amazing instance of the love of Christ, in redeeiningthee from the bondage and dominion of fin, and the tyranny of the devil ?
Dost thou depend upon the merits and satisfaction of Christ, and dost thou hope for acceptance with God, only through him, and not for any merit of thy own?
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Hast thou frequented the holy facrament of the Lord's supper? or haft thou not ftayed away through caufeless prejudice, or feigned excuses, being unwilling to part with thy sins? Or, · Haft thou at any time received the blessed facrament without repentance, and a stead. fast purpose to lead a new life ; without a firm and lively faith ; a hearty and thankful remembrance of the love of Christ, in giving himself to be a sacrifice for our sins ; and without a sincere and universal love and good-will to all mankind ? II. Concerning our duty towards our neigh
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I consider whether thou hast discharged thy duty to thy neighbour : and first reflect that, in the sense of the Gospel, not only the person who dwells near thee, but every man is thy neighbour.
Dost thou consider thy neighbours as thy brethren and fellow-members of the body of Christ ? ;
Hast thou had that universal love and charity for all inen, as to desire all good to them, without so much as wishing evil or harın to any one?
* This Duty may be found explained at large in the New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 8. Section 1. &c.
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Haft thou, in conformity to this rule, endeavoured in thy place and station to prevent evil and damage to the souls, and bodies, and estates of others ?
Haft thou never been the means of hurting the foul of thy neighbour, in drawing him to fin by thy authority, or allurements, or example? ,
Halt 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 way led into sin ?
Dost thou endeavour torestrain thyneighbour from running into fin, by seasonal cautions, and friendly admonitions ?
Hast thou delighted to grieve any one ? : · Hast thou never injured the body of thy neighbour, by murdering, maiming, or hurting it, or been the means and occafion of doing any of these?
Haft thou never been guilty of fighting or aitempting duels ?
Haft thou not enticed or corrupted thy neighbour's wife, or his daughter, or any others belonging to him, and under his care ?
Hast thou injured thy neighbourin his goods or estate by damaging him; by defrauding or over-reaching himin bargains, or contracts; or in his good name, by slandering, backbiting, or insult ?
Hast thou always performed thy words and contracts, without shuffling, treachéry, or deceit?
Hast thou envied the good and profperity of thy neighbours ? Reflect if thou hast not published 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 falsewitness against any man in a court of justice ? or reproached, reviled, and railed against thy neighbour, in thy ordinary conversation? or fecretly Nandered him by whispering and backa biting?
Dost thou encourage backbiters, by liftening to them, or giving too easy credit to their slander ?
Haft thou not oppressed thy neighbour by thy power and authority, or by extortion, and griping usury?
Dost thou make a conscience of speaking according to truth? :'
Hast thou endeavoured to assist thy neighbour in any distresses, to comfort him in his troubles ; or, when aspersed wrongfully, to vindicate his reputation ?
Halt thou, in the management of thy estate, or calling, run into debt. without hopes or design of payment ?
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