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of the Lord. Esteem and love of His Ministers for their work's sake. Not thinking of them above that which is written, but as the Ministers of Christ: not glorying in men, but in the Lord, and seeking His blessing upon the ministrations of His ambassadors. Thankfulness, diligence and perseverance in well-doing as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; faithful use of talents, abiding sense of accountableness to God. Trust, patience, contentedness, resignedness to the Divine will both in doing and suffering. Affections set on things above, seeking rest, joy, and happiness in God and His service and favour, and in devout contemplation of His works of creation, providence and grace. Humbleness of mind, meekness, gentleness: self-denial, temperance, moderation in all things, sober mindedness, distaste for amusements which draw away the heart from God and His service; purity of heart and life, regarding the body as the temple of the Holy Ghost. Singleness of heart,


truth, uprightness, peaceableness, forbearance, long-suffering, endeavour to maintain unity of spirit, kindness, compassion, love, and charity towards all men for Christ's sake. Concern for men's spiritual, as well as temporal welfare, bountifulness, readiness to give of that which God has given to us, and especially to brethren in Christ Jesus, in such measure as a conscience enlightened by the Divine word tells us that He requires from us; a forgiving spirit, because God for Christ's sake has promised to forgive us. The faithful discharge of the duties of Rulers and Subjects. Ministers of Christ and People. Husbands and Wives. Parents and Children. Masters and Servants, to each other, because, and as, those duties are required by the word of God. Exercising of one's-self to have always a conscience void of offence towards God and towards man: aiming to abound in all these things more and more. Doing all these things in the name of Christ, and to the glory of God. Acknowledgment that after

we have done all that is commanded us, we are, as regards God, unprofitable servants who have done that which it was our duty to do. Desire to be found of God in Christ "having the righteousness which is of God by faith in Jesus Christ." Looking upon ourselves as not our own, but as bought with a price, the precious blood of Christ, and bound therefore to glorify God in our body and spirit which are His. Recollectedness of the shortness and uncertainty of this life. Aiming to be always ready for departure hence. Hope of eternal life as the gift of God through Jesus Christ. Humble and joyful expectation of His coming again to judgment. Patient waiting of His appointed time. Zeal for His kingdom.

Being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end, everlasting life.—Rom. vi. 22.

That rule is the Gospel which you have heard, and which has been graciously put into your hands. hands. It contains a sentence of condemnation to eternal torment and misery, of body and soul, in hell, against those "that are contentious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness;"*--it contains a sentence of acceptance to eternal life and blessedness, in the immediate presence of God, for those who "repent and believe the Gospel ;" and "by patient continuance in well-doing, seek for glory, and honour, and immortality." That you may be accepted of your Lord on that day, you have been taught that your repentance and faith must be such as the word of God requires. The customs of society, or the opinions of men, sanctioned by whatever numbers or whatever names, are not the rules by which any must be content to walk, neither are they the rules by which you will be judged. Those customs and opinions we have need always to watch against, with a Romans ii. 7, 8. † Mark i. 15.

Romans ii. 7.


godly jealousy, lest they be opposed (as many of them are) to the word and will of God. The word of God which you possess, is the rule by which you will be tried, and the judgment will be awarded accordingly.* Who then is wise, and will not take this as the rule, by which he examines himself whether he is in the faith, and proves his own self? What a call then is there here, for deep and serious consideration!—And it is a call which has been sent forth by God himself to us all, for "Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, CONSIDER YOUR WAYS" but urgent as this call is, and sent forth as it has been, from the throne of the LORD of all, men in general are slow to obey it—men in general are slow to enter upon such consideration as this. The subject of it, is not such as interests most men; it is not upon matters which force themselves upon the eye or the ear, and outward senses; it is not upon matters (as they think at least) which concern their present interest, gain, and

* Psalm xcvi. 13.-Romans. ii, 16. † Haggai i 5.

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