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I. Concerning our duty towards GOD.*.
my soul, into the secrets of thy heart, and examine whether thou dost believe and consider that God, by his providence, governs the world and all things in it?
Dost thou remember, that God beholds the most secret thoughts and actions of thy heart and life, and will judge thee with severe justice at the last day?
Art thou warnd by the sense of God's all-seeing providence to take heed to thy ways?
Dost thou ascribe the success of thy undertakings, chiefly to the good providence of God over thee?
Dost thou pray daily for the protection of God, and his blessing upon thy honeft endeavours ?
Hath the goodness and mercy of God, in creating, preserving, and redeeming thee, that effect upon thy heart, as to make thee love him, and desire to please · him?
Hast thou lovedGod before,and above all things?
Have the many testimonies, which thou hast receivedof God's mercy and goodness, bred in thee a si comfortable hope in him?
Haftthou never so far presum'd upon his mercy, as to encourage thee to sin against him?
Hath the consideration of God's majesty and greatness imprinted awful and reverent thoughts .concerning him, and bred in thee modest and humble thoughts concerning thyself?
Doth This duty may be found explained at large in the Neto WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 1. Section II.
Doth the confideration of the power and jreftice of God, make thee afraid to provoke himn, and afraid of offending him more than man?
Dost thou steadfastly rely upon the truthand pro. miles of God, under all diftrefies and calamities, so as to wait patiently for a deliverance in God's good time, and never to try to deliver thyself out of calamity by sinful means?
Hait thou gone to witchesor cunning men for council; or for the recovery of things lost: or been too 'attentive to dreams, fortune-tellers, or the vain predi Elions of men; or lots, so as to attempt thereby the knowing before-hand things to come?
Hait thou resigned thyself, and all thy concerns, to the all-wise and good providence of God? :
Art thou not immoderately careful and anxious about outward things?
Haft thou not prophaned the holy and dreadful name of God, by perjury and unlawful oaths, or by customary swearing or cursingin thy common conversation
Haft'thou not mentioned the name of God, or of his fon Jesus Christ, irreverently or lightly in thy coir mon conversation?
Lot thou take care to admonish and reprove others for their fins, fo far as thou mayest with pru. dence and decency?
Haft thou faithfully received the scriptures, not as the word of man; but as they are in truth, the word of God?
Doft thou read and observe them, in order to make them the rule of life?
Have the promises and awakening threatnings therein prevailed with thee, to govern thyself according to the holy and admirable precepts therein delivered?
Haft thou honoured him by a reverent ulage of whatsoever things or persons belong to him, and are dedicated to his honour and fervice?
Doit chou consider the Lord's Day, as, fet apart by God for the care of the soul, and the preparation of ourselves for the next life, and for his more immediate worship, in keeping it holy, to those ends. for which it was appointed; by attending the public service of the church ; in reading and hearing his holy word; in prayer, and meditation, and good dií. course on the Sabbath Day? · Doft thou go to church with a hearty intention to ferve God, and to be instructed in thy duty, or reminded of it; and not only for fashion's fake?
Doft thou afterwards reflect upon what thou haft heard, and lay it up in thy heart, that thou mayest live according to it? · Halt thou to little regarded this holy clay, as to spend it in travelling, and taking unnecessary jourHeys thereupon, such as might as well have been performed on any other day?
Halt thou every day duly prayed to him, and praised him for thy mercies received?
Have thy prayers and praises been always accompanied with such a sense of God, and such feriournets, fervency, and affection, as he requires ? Halt thou (notwithstanding the means of grace,
and the light of the gospel) suffered thyself to live in ignorance of him, and thy duty ?
Hafthou not been so foolish as to put off thy repentance, thereby rendering thyself less able to fet about it?
Halt thou a reverent regard to the facraments which God hath appointed in his church?
Art thou mindful of thy part of the covenant made with God in baptism?
Hast thou made it thy care to live suitable to thy facramental profession, and folemn engagements?
Hast thou seriously considered that amazing instance of the love of Christ, in redeeming thee from the bondage and dominion of fin, and the tyranny of the devil?
Doft thou depend upon the merits and satisfaction of Christ, and doft thou hope for acceptance with God, only through him, and not for any merit of thy own?
Haft thou frequented the holy facrament of the Lord's fupper? or halt thou not staid away through causeless prejudice, or feigned excuses, being unwilling to part with thy sins? Or,
Haft thou at any time received the blessed facra. ment without repentance, and a stedfast purpose to lead a new life; without a firm and lively faith; a hearty and thankful remembrance of the love of Chrift, ingiving himselfto be a sacrifice for our sins; and without a fincere and universal love and goodwill to all mankind?
6-17 II. Concerning our duty towards our neighbour.**
URN now, O my soul, and seriously 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 Chrift??'.
Hast thou had that'universal love and charity for all men, as to desire all good to them, without lo: much as wishing evil or harm to any one ?
Haftthou, in conformity to this rule, endeavour. ed in thy place and station to prevent evil and damage to the souls, and bodies, and estates of others?
Haft thou never been the means of harting the foul of thy neighbour, in drawing him to fin by thy authority, or allurements, or example?
Haft 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 haft
whom thou hast any ways led into lin?
"Dost thou endeavour to restrain thy neighbour from running into sin, by seasonable cautions, and friendly admonitions ?
Hait thou delighted to grieve any one?
This Duty may be found explained at large in the * Whole Duty of Man, Sunday 8. Section I, &c.