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“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, " which are these : adultery, fornication, un"cleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witch" craft, hafred, variançe, emulations, wrath, “ strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, mur“ ders, drunkenness, revellings, and such " like, of the which I tell you, that they “ which do such things, shall not inherit the " kingdom of God. But the fruit of the « spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against which there is no a law."
“ Be kindly affectioned one to another, “ with brotherly love, in honour preferring « one another.” “A new law,” says Jesus Christ to his disciples, “I give unto you,
that, as I have loved you, so ye also. s ought to love one another."
This duty, therefore, is the particular badge of our christian profession; and no man has a right to the name of christian, much less to the promises and rewards of CHRIST's religion, who does not endeavour to fulfil it. " Now a love worketh no ill to his neighbour;" it does and says nothing to the injury of any human being ; but is always busied in doing what is good; and honest, and just, and useful. The man who has a true christian affection in the heart, is ever enquiring how he may
be of service to his fellow-creature; and there is no one, how low soever his state of life may be, who will not find occasions of be. nefiting those around him. He may lend him help in the time of need ; he may give him advice in cases of difficulty; and what is better than all, he may help him on to everlasting salvation, by setting him an example of contentment under poverty; of resigna. nation under affliction; of industry and sobriety, quietness, and honesty, in worldly conduct; of keeping holy the Lord's Day; duly frequenting his church; regularly attending his table; and performning every other duty of piety and devotion.
« Not slothful in business." part of mankind must necessarily live by the Jabour of their hands. God has ordained it; 'and, therefore, it is right and wise that it should be so. Such being the case, both duty and necessity oblige those who are in this situation, to be active, and “ not sloth6 ful in business ;" and the Bible is full of directions to them to this effect, as well as of promises of the gain, both here and here. after, which will reward their, honest. industry. “ Seest thou a man diligent in his “ business, he shall prosper. In all labour “ there is profit, and the labour of the “ righteous tendeth to plenty. The thoughts
“ of the diligent are'a mine of wealth.. Let “ every man abide in the same calling wherein “ he is called, and study' to be quiet, and to “ do his own business; that he may walk
honestly to those who are without, and " that he may have lack of nothing.'
“ Fervent in spirit ; serving the LORD;
rejoicing in hope ; patient in tribulation; “ continuing instant in prayer.” These exhortations, my friends, chiefly regard your religious duties, which are not to be lost sight of in performing those of your worldly calling. The christian rule is, “ so to pass " through things temporal, as finally not to “ lose the things eternal. God has given us time and opportunity sufficient to provide both for our bodies and souls; and it is our part to take care, that in 'serving man, we do not omit to serve the LORD. People who fill laborious and servile offices in so. ciety, have not, it is true, so much leisure for their religious duties, as those in a higher rank of life, and some callings and situations there must of necessity be, which will prevent them from attending the public worship of God, and hallowing the sabbath day, as regularly and strictly as it is desirable to do. But, though nothing will excuse a man, if he wilfully or unnecessarily absent himself from his church, or exercise his worldly calling on the Lord's Day, yet, we may humbly hope, that where the wants of society, or the distressed situation of his family, absolutely oblige him so to do, he will find pardon with God for an omission which is forced upon him by necessity ; provided he becomes a church to himself, or, in other words, exercises, privately and fervențly, those offices of piety and devotion, which, if he were more fortunately circumstanced, he would perform in public, and in the church. Thus, for instance, whatever, or wherever, a man's employment may be, he may still take occasion to “serve the LORD" in secret ; to bless him “ fervently in his « spirit,” for his innumerable mercies, and undeserved goodness towards himself, his connections, his country, and mankind; to “ rejoice” in the unspeakable blessing of re. demption, and the glorious hope of everlasting life; to be patient" and resigned under any trials or troubles which the AlMIGHTY may think it right to chasten him with; and to shew cheerful contentment in that station of life in which it has pleased God to place him.
“ Distributing to the necessity of saints ; “ given to hospitality. Bless them which
persecute you; bless, and curse not; re“joice with them that do rejoice, and weep “ with them that weep : be of the same mind 6 onę towards another; mind not high " things, but condescend to men of low
The apostle, in these words, again speaks of relative duties, or of those which are due from us to our fellow-creatures; and assuredly, if they were universally practised, they would change the earth on which we dwell into a place of happiness, something resembling the blessed abodes of heaven. ' He tells us, to give all the assistance that we possibly can, in every place, and at every time, to such of our fel. low-creatures, as require our aid. He tells us, to wish well even to those who injure us, and to pray for their conversion; to let no provocation whatsoever produce hatred, malice, or the desire of revenge, in our hearts; or occasion us to use curses and oaths with our lips. It is melancholy to think how much this last admonition of St. Paul is disregarded ; and how generally the “ words of wickedness,” blasphemous ex. pressions, and horrid imprecations, are heard among those, who, from age, or opportunities of knowing their duty, ought to be ashamed of using them. Nay, what is still more shocking to our feelings, we hear even children, taught by the example of their parents, profaning the name of God with