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Hast thou frequented the holy sacrament of the Lord's Supper? or hast thou not stayed away through causeless prejudice, or feigned excuses, being unwilling to part with thy sins ? Or,
Hast thou at any time received the blessed sacrament without repentance, and a steadfast 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
neighbour*. TURN now, O my soul, and seriously
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 men, as to desire all good to them, without so much as wishing evil or harm to any one ?
* This duty may be found explained at large in the New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 8, Section I. &c.
Hast thou, in conformity to this rule, éndeavoured in thy place and station to prevent evil and damage to the souls, and bodies, and estates of others ?
Hast thou never been the means of hurting the soul of thy neighbour, in drawing him to sin by thy authority, or allurements, or example ?
Hast thou discouraged or deterred any one from the serious practice of religion and piety?
Hast thou sought and endeavoured to bring those to repentance, whom thou hast any way led into sin ?
Dost thou endeavour to restrain thy neighbour from running into sin, by seasonable 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 occasion of doing any of these?
Hast thou never been guilty of fighting or attempting duels ?
Hast 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 neighhour in his goods or estáte by damaging him ; by defrauding or over-reaching him in bargains or contracts; or in his good name, by slandering, backbiting, or insult?
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Hast thou always performed thy words and contracts, without shuffling, treachery, or deceit?
Hast thou envied the good and prosperity of thy neighbour ?
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 ?.
Dost 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 conversation ? or secretly slandered him by whispering and backbiting ? :
Dost thou encourage backbiters, by listening to them, or giving too easy credit to their slander ?
Hast 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 ?
Hast thou, in the management of thy estate, or calling, run into debt without hopes or design of payment ?
Hast thou openly by force, or secretly by theft, taken away the goods of thy neighbour, or betrayed 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 hast at any time done thy neighbour ?
Hast thou not scoffed at or vilified 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 sought their welfare ?
Hast thou relieved the wants and neces. sities 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 ?
Hast thou been mild and gentle in thy carriage towards thy inferiors; courteous, affable, and obliging towards thy equals; and dost thou pay due honour and reverence to thy superiors in church and state, for conscience-sake, as having their authority from God?
Dost thou show 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 dost thou not seek or desire opportunities of revenge ?
Dost thou enforce upon thy mind, as oft as thou meetest with any provocation to revenge or resentment, as much as possible to live peaceably with all men? III. Concerning our duty towards ourselves *. H AST thou lived without the thought and In consideration, that thou wast created by God to be eternally happy or miserable after this life; notwithstanding thy interest and duty, and the express command 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 ?
Hast thou not wasted thy time in idleness, or any unprofitable vanity ?
Hast thou laid to heart the shortness and uncertainty of this present life, and daily improved it to the best advantage ?
Dost thou remember, that after this life we must give an account of all our actions ? - This duty may be found explained at large in the New WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 13, Section I. &c.