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1. Concerning our duty towards GOD.*

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heart, and examine whether thou doft believe and confider that God, by his providence, governs the world and all things in it?.

Doft thou remember, that God beholds the most fecret thoughts and actions of thy heart and life, and will judge thee with fevere juftice at the laft day?

Art thou warn'd by the fenfe of God's all-feeing providence to take heed to thy ways?

Doft thou afcribe the fuccefs of thy undertakings, chiefly to the good providence of God over thee?

Doft thou pray daily for the protection of God, and his bleffing upon thy honeft endeavours?

Hath the goodness and mercy of God, in creating, preferving, and redeeming thee, that effect upon thy heart, as to make thee love him, and defire to please him?

Haft thou lovedGod before, and above all things? Have the many teftimonies, which thou haft received of God's mercy and goodness, bred in thee a comfortable hope in him?

Haft thou never fo far prefum'd upon his mercy, as to encourage thee to fin against him?

Hath the confideration of God's majesty and greatnefs imprinted awful and reverent thoughts concerning him, and bred in thee modest and humble thoughts concerning thyself?

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This duty may be found explained at large in the tw WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 1. Section II.

Doth the confideration of the power and justice of God, make thee afraid to provoke him, and afraid of offending him more than man?

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Doft thou steadfastly rely upon the truth and promifes 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 thyfelf out of calamity by finful means?

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Haft thou gone to witches or cunning men for council; or for the recovery of things loft: or been too attentive to dreams, fortune-tellers, or the vain predictions of men; or lots, fo as to attempt thereby the knowing before-hand things to come?

Haft thou refigned thy felf, and all thy concerns, to the all-wife 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 fwearing or curfing in thy common converfation?

Haft thou not mentioned the name of God, or of his fon Jefus Chrift, irreverently or lightly in thy common converfation?

Colt thou take care to admonish and reprove others for their fins, fo far as thou mayeft with prudence and decency?

Haft thou faithfully received the fcriptures, not as the word of man; but as they are in truth, the word of God?

Doft thou read and obferve them, in order to make them the rule of life?

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Have the promifes and awakening threatningst therein prevailed with thee, to govern thyself according to the holy and admirable precepts therein delivered?

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Haft thou honoured him by a reverent ufage of. whatfoever things or perfons belong to him, and are dedicated to his honour and fervice?

Doft thou confider the Lord's Day, as fet apart by God for the care of the foul, 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 fervice of the church; in reading and hearing his holy word; in prayer and meditation, and good difcourfe on the Sabbath Day?

Doft thou go to church with a hearty intention to ferve God, and to be inftructed in thy duty, or reminded of it; and not only for fafhion'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?

Haft thou fo little regarded this holy day, as to fpend it in travelling, and taking unneceffary journeys thereupon, fuch as might as well have been performed on any other day?

Haft thou every day duly prayed to him, and praifed him for thy mercies received?

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Have thy prayers and praifes been always accompanied with fuch a fenfe of God, and fuch ferioufnefs, fervency, and affection, as he requires?

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and the light of the gofpel) fuffered thyfelf to live in ignorance of him, and thy duty?

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Haft thou not been fo foolifh as to put off thy repentance, thereby rendering thy felf lefs able to fet about it?

Hait 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 baptifm?

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Haft thou made it thy care to live fuitable to thy facramental profeffion, and folemn engagements?

Haft thou feriously confidered that amazing instance of the love of Chrift, in redeeming thee from the bondage and dominion of fin, and the tyranny of the devil?

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Doft thou depend upon the merits and fatisfaction of Chrift, 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 haft thou not ftaid away through caufelefs prejudice, or feigned excufes, being unwilling to part with thy fins? Or,

Haft thou at any time received the bleffed facrament without repentance, and a ftedfast purpose to lead a new life; without a firm and lively faith; a hearty and thankful remembrance of the love of Chrift, in giving himself to be a facrifice for our fins; and without a fincere and univerfal love and goodwill to all mankind?

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II. Concerning our duty towards our neighbour.*

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URN now, O my foul, and seriously confider whether thou haft difcharged thy duty to thy: neighbour? and firft reflect, that, in the fenfe of the Gofpel, not only the perfon who dwells near thee, but every man is thy neighbour.

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Doft thou confider thy neighbours as thy brethren and fellow-members of the body of Chrift? Haft thou had that univerfal love and charity for all men, as to defire all good to them, without fo much as wifhing evil or harm to any one?

Haft thou, in conformity to this rule, endeavour. ed in thy place and station to prevent evil and da- ' mage to the fouls, and bodies, and estates of others?

Haft thou never been the means of hurting the foul of thy neighbour, in drawing him to fin by thy" authority, or allurements, or example?

Haft thou difcouraged or deterred any one from the ferious practice of religion and piety?

Haft thou fought and endeavoured to bring those to repentance, whom thou haft any ways led into 1740

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Doft thou endeavour to reftrain thy neighbour from running into fin, by feasonable cautions, and friendly admonitions?

Haft thou delighted to grieve any one?
Haft thou never injured the body of thy neigh-
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This Duty may be found explained at large in the e WHOLE DUTY OF MAN, Sunday 8. Section I, &c.

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