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Have they changed my heart, and made me a partaker of the
divine nature ? Am I using diligence to add to my faith in the promises, all
Christian graces? Have I virtue, or holy fortitude, in professing Christ and obey.
ing his will? Is knowledge associated with my courage, so that my conduct is
judicious and discreet ? Have I added temperance, restraining my sensual appetite, and
being moderate in all worldly things? Am I patient, quietly yielding to God, meek towards the injuri
ous, and persevering amid difficulties? Have I godliness sanctifying my daily labours, by realizing the
presence of the Lord, and walking with God? Do practise brotherly kindness, unfeignedly and fervently
loving my fellow Christians ? To this do I add charity, or extended love to all mankind?
No. VII.-EARTHLY AND HEAVENLY WISDOM.
James iii, 15--17. Am I manifesting envying or strife? Am I looking mainly for earthly distinctions, or seeking worldly
advantages rather than God's favour? Do I yield to sensuul, or carnal desires and passions ? Have I any tendencies to that which is devilish, proud, ambi
tious, and self-conceited ? Do I look to God alone to deliver me from earthly, and to bestow
upon me heavenly wisdom? Have I true wisdom, pure in its object, motives, and tendency? Is my conduct peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated ? Is my life full of mercy and good fruits > Am I free from partiality to those whom I naturally prefer? Am I without hypocrisy, and not desirous of appearing better
than I am ?
No. VIII.--THE TALENTS ENTRUSTED TO US.
Mark xxv, 15.
Have I ever seriously thought that I am accountable to God for
all I have ? Have I considered what gifts he has bestowed, and how I may
use them for his glory? Am I using the powers of my body and mind in his service? Are my time, health, influence, authority, and property, devoted
to him? Do I trade with my talents, carefully estimating how they can
be laid out most for the divine glory? Do I thus act from love, and not from fear, or any idea of meriting either heaven or grace by works?
No. IX.-CHARITY. 1 Cor. xiii.
companion or fruit of true faith and hope?
dispositions and my course of life?
Rejoiceth not in iniquity.
Rejoiceth in the truih.
Beareth all things.
Hopeth all things.
Endureth all things,
No. X.-CHRISTIAN MORALITY. Phil. iv, 8.
and of good report?
them ? And yet do I view myself as an unprofitable servant, and
depend on Christ alone?
No. XI.-THE CHIEF MATTERS OF THE LAW.
Matt. xxiii, 23.
one in any matter?
tures, and particalarly with the poor, the afflicted, and those
dependent on me? Are all my actions marked by faith, or fidelity and sincerity,
both towards God and mau? Have I so attended to these things as to feel my sinfulness and
short comings, and to fly to Christ for pardon and strength?
No. XII.---THE LORD'S PRAYER. Matt. vi, 9; or Lnke
xi, 2, &c. Our Father.. Do I know that God is a reconciled Father, through the deathe
of his Son ?
Do I look up to God with filial confidence for instruction, pro
vision, and protection ? Do I love him better than the dearest relations on earth? Have I a brotherly affection to his people, as being children of
one parent? Do I regard all mankind as brethren ?
Which art in heaven.
Do I stand in awe of his power and majesty, so as to reverence
and obey him ? Have I a constant, or frequent recollection, that his eye is ever
upon me? Am I longing to be where he more immediately manifests
Hallowed be thy name. Is the promotion of his honour and glory the great object of Do I seek to know God more myself, and to diffuse his know
ledge through the world ?
Thy kingdom come. Is the kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy
Ghost, established in my own heart? Are the interests of this kingdom, and its progress among all
people, zealously promoted by me? Am I looking forward to the heavenly kingdom with hope and
Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Do I rejoice in the unlimited government of God? Do I strive to know and follow his revealed will, copying Jesus
and his holy angels? Have I cheerfuliy acquiesced in afflictions as coming from God? Am I labouring that all may know and do his will, gladly assist
ing, according to my power, such Institutions as have this object in view ?
Give us this day our daily bread. Do I receive all temporal and spiritual blessings as from God? Am I delivered from anxiously looking after future provision,
and do I gladly leave that to God? Am I living by faith in a daily and simple dependence on God?
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them
that trespass against us. Am I deeply sensible of my daily and manifold trespasses, and
earnestly seeking forgiveness? Do I rest on the only ground of hope of forgiveness,---redemp
tion through the blood of Christ? Do I manifest the invariable temper of those forgiven---forgive
ness of others ? Am I manifesting good to the evil, liberality to the needy, and
charity to all?
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil. Do I carefully avoid known occasions and places where I have
fallen ? Am I so sensible of my own weakness as ever to watch and Do I remember that my whole life is a scene of trial and pro
bation ? Do I desire deliverance from sin as the great evil, and from Am I going forth in my own strength, or simply looking to God
alone to help and deliver ?
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, for ever and ever. Do all my hopes of answers to prayer rest on the perfections of
God! Have I such a knowledge of Christ as to see that those perfec
tions are engaged in my behalf? Am I getting more knowledge of, and more confidence in
his sovereignty, his omnipotence, his excellency, and his eternity?
No. XIII.---RELATIVE DUTIES. Col. iii, 18.-25 ; iv, 1;
1 Pet. ii, 13--25 ; iii, 1--9; Eph. v, 21--33 ; vi, 1--9; Titus ii, 1.-15; iii, 1, 2; Deut. i, 17.
Wives. Do I submit to my husband as is fit in the Lord ? Is my adorning the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit? Do I seek the spiritual welfare of my liusband---to win him by
my conversation to Christ?
Husbands. Do I love my wife even as Christ loved the Church, and as my
own body? Am I ever bitter against her; or do I love, nourish, and cherish
her as myself?
Parents. Do I bring my children up in the nuture and admonition of the
Lord? Do I never give way to angry passions, provoking my children
Servants. Am I obedient unto my master with fear and trembling, in
singleness of heart as unto Christ? Do I labour with eye-service as a man pleaser, or as a servant
of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart ? Do I seek to please my master well in all things---not answering
again? Do I shew all good fidelity, not purloining, and this to adorn
the doctrine of Christ?
Masters. Do I give unto my servants that which is just and equal,
remembering my heavenly Master ? Do I seek their spiritual, as well as their temporal welfare? Do I forbear threatening ?
Subjects. Do I honour the king? and obey magistrates? Am I subject to principalities and powers, and ready to every
good work? Do I speak evil of no man, being no brawler, but gentle, and shewing all meekness to all men ?
Rulers, or Magistrates. Do I act without respect of persons, whether small or great? Am I just, ruling in the fear of God? Am I using the influence of my station for the advancement of