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Art thou reasonable and moderate in the commands which thou layeft upon them?
Dost thou admonish and correct them with calmness and gravity, when they transgress their duty ?
· Hast not thy severity put them upon cheating and lying? for that will make thee a partaker with them in their sin. · Hast thou been remiss in fuffering them to neglect their duty to God?
Halt thou afforded them time and opportunities for the service of God in public and private?
Dost thou set them an example of fobri. ety and godliness in thy own life and con. versation ? and dost thou encourage their liying soberly and religiously, by proper marks of thy kindness and favour?
Hast thou been constant in thy daily devotions with thy family?
The duty.of a magistrate*. L AST thou made it thy endeavour to
I be a terror to evil-doers, and a praise to them that do well? . · Hast thou not been more intent upon thy own private interest than in advan. cing the common good?
Hast thou endeavoured to inform thyself
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* This duty may be found further explainnd in the New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 8. Section Ill.
of the duty, in order to the doing of it, when thou hast been called to the office of constable, church-warden, or any other public office?
* To these duties, in general, we might add the par, ticular duties of the people to their prince, and the laity to their ministers ; but to prevent tediousness, which often cools devotion, I shall refer those that desire information upon these heads, to the New WHOLE Dyty OPMAN, Sunday 8. Sections I, II, and IV.
Directions. When you have once thoroughly examined yourself, and made a particular confession of the sins of your whole life and begged pardon, there is not the same absolute necessity of such a laborious examination, at your ne xt coinmunication; especially if you examine yourself carefully every night, and daily repent of the evil of the day past, and are not conscious in yourself of any great and notorious siis, since your last confession: for if you are not, the examination and confession only of what past since your last coinmunicating, together with a general confession of your former sins, and a solemn renewing of your former acts of repentance, may serve the turn. but if your conscience accuses you of any culpable neglect in your last exatmination, of any great relanses, or of any wiljul violations of your last rows and resolutions ; in these, unit the like cuses, it is the surest way to begin all your repentance agaiit.
I am sensible it is not easy to enumerate all the instances of duty reducible to these three heads, concerning GOD, one's neighbour, and one's self; nor to set durun the several branches and violations of them : but the method here propu. sed, will, I ain persuaded, rif carefully attended to,) assist any one i?? gitting (1 competent knowledge of his own stule and condition. And as the foregoing cramination of our lites, is in order to the confession of our sins, and that such a distinct sight and consideration of them may breed in us humble and contrile hearts; so when we are come to a sulfies fisient knowledge of our sins, by the foregoing method of examination, our nert step is to repent of them; and the first part of our repentance is to make an humble confession of our cileness and unworthiness in committing thein.
A profession of godly sorrow for our sins, and
a resolution of new obedience towards God, to be made on Monday evening. I will rise and go to my Father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. Luke xv. 18, 19.
Lord! I call my ways to remembrance
with a troubled heart; niy evil dos ings are before mine eyes; they are a bur- . den upon my fpirits, a fore burden, too heavy for me to bear. But now, O my. God, with a heart truly forrowful and pe. nitent, I turn from my evil ways, resolving by thy grace to become a new creature ; from this day forward I aní fully determined to betake myselfto areligious course of life; O let not iniquity be my' ruin. - O Lord, I am not worthy so much as to lift up mine eyes unto thee; but whither should a wretch in guilt and misery look but unto thee, the fountain of all mercy? whither, but to a God, whose mercy is greater than my wickedness ? to a God, whose property it is to be kind to his enemies; and whose patience to bear with my sins, is as great as his power to punish thein; and who had much rather be reconciled to me, than take vengeance upon me? whither indeed, but to thee, O God of all grace and comfort! who showest mercy to the unworthy, and invitelt me,
with all the tenderness and bowels of a compassionate father, to turn from my evil ways, that my soul may live, and be for ever happy in thy eternal kingdom.
Therefore, encouraged by thy goodness, O Lord, I address myself unto thee, who am ready to sink under the heavy load of guilt and misery; and yer I make no plea, but for thy mercy; nor have any pretence to claim it, (for, alas! I must with shame acknowledge, I have very much abufed it,) but thro' thy inexpressible love, I know I have a most merciful Saviour, who died to purchase falva- . tion for me; and who now powerfully intercedes with thee for the pardon of true penitents. O! for the sake of his blessed name, receive me graciously to thy mercy, and be not angry with me for
Forgive me, O merciful Father, for I am heartily sorry for all the evils which I have done : I have finned, O Lord God, I have finned against thee, by [Mere recollect and confess those sins you have committed against Gon, withtheir. aegratations that accompany thein, as stt dorun in the preceding nearls to the cramination of conscience CÒntained betwixt pages 15 and 9, both inclusive. For instance, Loro i lave committed this sin, or th-se sins frequently, against checks of conscience, &c. and then add] Father I have finned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy fon : O pity, and cleanse, and forgive, and save
me, for thy mercies' fake. I have sinned, O Lord God, I have finned agaimst thee and against my neighbour bv-[Here confess those sins you hæve commitied against your NLIGHBOUR, with their aggrarations, 8c as contained betwixt pages 19 and 23, and betwixt 26 and 33, and then ut'u] Father, I have finned against heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy fon : O pity, and cleanse, and forgive, and save me, for thy mercies' lake. I have finned against thee and against my own felt by Here confess those sins you have committed against yourSELF,with their aggruutions, &c. as contained betwixt pages 22 and 26, and then add] Father, I hare finned against heaven, and in thy fight, and am no more worthy to be called thy fon : 0 pity, and cleanse, and forgive, and save me, for thy mercies' fake. Forgive all my sins, for I am fully resolved, by thy grace, to love and serve thee. Forgive me, O most gracious God, for I forgive all that have offended me, and do entreat thee to forgive them likewise. O Lord God, my wickedness is great, and my iniquities are infinite; they are more in number than the hairs of my head; and my heart would fail me, but that I well know thy mercies are more aumberless than my sins. O do not exact punishment of me for my fins ; but extend thy mercy and pardon to my soul, for my dear Redeemer's fake, Jerus Christ our Lord. Amen.