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Haft thou frequented the holy sacrament of the Lord's supper? or haft thou not stayed away through causeless prejudice,or feigned excuses, being unwilling to part with thy sins? Or,
Haft thou at any time received the blessed facrament without repentance, and a steadfalt purpose to lead a new life ; without a firm and lively faith ; a hearty and thank, ful remembrance of the love of Chrift, in giving himself to be a sacrifice for our fins ; and without a fincere and universal love and good-will to all mankind ? II. Concerning our duty towards cur neigh
bour*. URN now, O my soul, and seriously
consider whether thou haft discharged thy duty to thy neighbour : and first reflect that, in the sense of the Gospel, notonly 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 DUTÝ OF MAN, Sunday 8. Section I. &c.
Hast thou, in conformity to this rule, endeavoured in thy place and station to prevent evil and damage to the fouls, and bodies, and estates of others ?
Hast thou never been the means of hurting the foul of thy neighbour, in drawing him to sin by thy authority, or allurements, or example ?
Halt thou discouraged or deterred any one from the serious practice of religion and piety?
Haft thou sought and endeavoured to bring those to repentance, whom thou hast any way led into sin?
Doft thou endeavour toreftrain thyneighbour from running into sin, by feasonable cautions, and friendly admonitions ?
Haft 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?
Halt thou never been guilty of fighting or attempting duels ?
Haft thou not enticed or corrupted thy neighbour's wife, or his daughter, or any others belonging to him, and under his care ?
Haft thou injured thy neighbour in his goods or estate by damaging him; by defrauding or over-reaching him in bargains, or contracts ; or in his good name, by Nandering, backbiting, or insult?
Hast thou always performed thy words and contracts, without shuffling, treachery, or deceit?
Hast thou envied the good and profperity 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 delighe in laying open the failings of thy neighbour ?
Haft thou borné falsewitness against any man in a court of justice ? or reproached, reviled, and railed against thy neighbour, in thy ordinary conversation? or secretly Nandered him by whispering and backbiting?
Dost thou encourage backbiters, by liftening to them, or giving too easy credit .to their flander ?
Haft 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 ?
Hait thou, in the management of thy estate, or calling, run into debt without hopes or design of payment?
Haft thou openly by force, or secretlyby theft, taken away the goods of thy neighbour, or betrayed himn in any manner committeil to thy trust and management ?
Art thou ready to make restitution accoringtothy power,forthewrongand 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 fought their welfare?
Hast thou relieved the wants and neceflities of thy neighbour according to thy abi, lity, as one that is affected with them, as being thyself alsoin the body, and liable to the same wants, distresses, and troubles with others ?
Doftthou approvethyselfcareful of those of thy family, thy friends and relations, or any other that are committed to thy care, to counsel, to comfort, to reprove, as occa• fion 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 fake, as having their authority from God?
Dost thou show due thankfulness and gratitude to all thy benefactors ?
Artthou ready, after the example of our blessed Saviour,to forgive,and to dogoodto, 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 poflible to live peaceably with all men ? III. Concerning our duty towards ourselves*.
AST thou lived without the thought
and consideration, that thou waftcreated 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 promifed to make thee everlastingly happy?
Hast thou not wasted thy time in idle. ness, or any unprofitable vanity?
Hast thou laid to heart the shortness and uncertainty of this present life, and daily m proved 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, Suiiday 13, Section 1, Sc.