R. 37. I will guard against formality and hypocrisy in worship, and endeavour to restrain wanderings of mind in publick, private, and secret prayer.

Q. In view of this resolution, am I not self-condemned before my omniscient Judge?

R. 38. I will strive for higher attainments in divine knowledge, in holiness, and happiness.

Q. Do I rest satisfied with present attainments? or do 1 aspire to grow in knowledge and grace?

R. 39. I will cultivate an habitual sense of God's presence and knowledge, and accustom myself to mental and ejaculatory prayer.

Q. Am I humble and circumspect under a conscious sense of God's presence? Is my heart drawn forth to Him, in all my joys and sorrows?

R. 40. I will every morning consider the business of the day, and enter upon it prayerfully, methodically, and diligently, and guard against procrastination and slothfulness.

Q. Did I begin this day with prayer? Am I pursuing its duties with method and diligence? Why do

postpone any good work, when I know to-morrow is not my own?

R. 41. I will think much of the shortness of time, and its value, and of eternity, and its retributions.

Q. Do I daily think how soon my life will be past, and I must go to meet the realities of eternity? Is not every hour precious to me, especially if I am in an unconverted state?

R. 42. I will consider life a journey, and eternity, my home, and strive so to number my days, as to apply my heart unto wisdom?

Q. How old am I? What part of my journey remains to be travelled over? Do I advance in wisdom, as in years?

R. 43. I will not do any thing, which I think I shall lament doing, when I come to die, and upon which I cannot look up, and ask God's blessing.

Q. Are not many of my plans and wishes such, as God can never approve? Do not many of them afford no satisfaction in the review? Do I seek the favour and suidance of God in all my ways?

R. 44. I will not think of myself more highly than I ought to think, but think soberly, and will guard against the love of human praise and distinction.

Q. Is the pride of my heart subdued? and does the fear of God render me indifferent to the flattery, or censure of man?

R. 45. I will endeavour to mortify self, and guard against my constitutional sins.

Q. What are my constitutional sins? Do I check my strongest passions, and guard against my besetting sins?

R. 46. I will strive to keep a command over my passions, and subdue them.

Q. Do I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection? Do I exercise a suitable restraint over all my unhallowed passions and affections? R. 47. I will deny myself

, take up my cross, and follow Christ, as my great Exemplar, and endeavour to imitate Him in all things, imitable by me.

Q. Is Christ my pattern? and do I take up my cross, and follow Him?

R. 48. I will exert myself to practise humility, meekness, lenity, forbearance, and forgiveness.

Q. Do these amiable virtues appear in my daily temper and deportment?

Ř. 49. I will avoid disputes and contentions, aş much as possible, receive reproof with meekness and thankfulness, be patient of contradiction, and open to conviction.

Q. Am I a peace-maker? Do I patiently bear the inevitable contentions of unreasonable and wicked men? Do I kindly receive rebuke, and yield to the convictions of conscience?

of R. 50. I will never speak of the failings and vices of others, unless the good of Zion or the personal benefit of those concerned, or others, require it; and I will never needlessly say any thing evil about a person when absent, and nothing designedly to flatter him when present.

Q. Can I wash my hands in innocency, and disclaim the guilt of flattery and slander?

R. 51. I will endeavour to be sober, chaste, and reverent in thoughts and language, avoid all foolish talking and jesting, all trifling and vulgar remarks, as unbecoming a man and a Christian, and exert myself, that my conversation may be, as becometh the Gospel of Christ.

Q. When I consider how pure and broad are the precepts of the Gospel, do I not feel condemned in thought, word, and deed?

R. 52. I will neither offend nor grieve any person needlessly, either by language, or conduci.

Q. Am I thus attentive to the welfare and happiness of all around me? R. 53.

I will do nothing through revenge, or resentment, but will requite good for evil.

Q. Do I love my enemies, and seek to do good to those, who slander and persecute me?

R. 54. I will not repine at, nor envy the situation of others, nor murmur under the crosses and afflictions, which befal me in life, but be contented with the allotments of Divine providence.

Q. Am I happy and resigned in my condition? and do I rejoice in the superiour prosperity of others?

R. 55. I will guard against all the temptations, follies, and vices of time and sense.

Q. Do I not yield to some popular vice, because it is not reproachfül? and am I not ensnared by many of the temptations of the world?

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R. 56. I will exercise temperance in eating and drinking, and will exert all my influence, by my example and conversation, to prevent, especially, the unnecessary use of ardent spirits, and, hereby, to check the great, increasing, and alarming evil of intemperance in the land.

Q. Do I not in some way connive at, or encourage these prevailing vices? Do I restrain my own appetites? or do I inordinately indulge them?

R. 57. I will notice and retrace the providences of God as they take place with a view to religious improvement and self-application.

Q. Do I attentively read the book of providence, as it daily unfolds its leaves to my view, and thence derire instruction to my

soul? R. 58. I will consider adversity as a school of righteous discipline, and view the least mercy, as far above my deserts, and the greatest trials and afflictions, as altogether less than my iniquities deserve.

Q. Have I forfeited every mercy, and exposed myself to every judgment by sin? As I stand a monument of Divine forbearance, shall I not patiently submit to ail disciplinary afflictions?

R. 59. I will be sincere, just, charitable, candid, kind, and affectionate, or do to others, as I ought to wish others to do to me in a change of circum


Q. Do I strive daily to obey this golden rule, which is worthy of the approbation and obedience of all?

R. 60. I will treat all persons with due respect, and rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep:

Q. As a child, am I obedient to my parents? as a citizen, do I respectfully submit to magistrates? as a man, do I feel for all that is human, and extend

my sympathy and charity to the stranger and the mourner, the widow and the orphan?

R. 61. I will not render railing for railing; but when treated in an unchristian manner, I will be calm, dispassionate, and conciliatory in return, and will “write injuries in the sand, but kindness in marble."

Q. Do I justify the retaliation of injuries in myself or others? Ought I not in this respect to take the exam

1 ple of Christ for my pattern?

R. 62. I will avoid all moroseness and affectation of manner, and singularity in things indifferent.

Q. Do I avoid all such singularity as the effect of pride? and all moroseness as an exhibition of a bad temper?

Ř. 63. I will be mindful of the business of life, and do it promptly in its season, preserve faithfulness, and adhere to truth.

Q. Am I true in speech, and faithful in promise, and actively engaged in the appropriate duties of life?

R. 64. I will try to make amends for past negligence, by employing most profitably every moment in time to come, and thus redeem my wasted time by a better improvement of my remaining days.

Q. Do I consider how much of my time is wasted; and that the last particles of sand in my glass of life may now be falling?

R. 65. I will ever avoid the vain amusements and pleasures of the world, believing that their tendency is to dissipate the mind, to unfit it for serious reflection, to produce a stronger attachment to this world, which I must soon leave, and to hinder me in my preparation for a future state.

Q. Have 1 yielded to worldly temptations, and joined in those amusements, which my conscience disapproves? Or have I been constantly mindful of the injunction, Be not conformed to this world.

R. 66. I will never allow myself to laugh at the follies, failings, and infirmities of others, and if any one in my presence should exhibit a fellow

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