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The sun gives light to oůr eyes, and shows to us whatever surrounds us. Jesus Christ gives light to our minds. The light of the mind is knowledge-Christ has given us the best knowledge ; the knowledge of God's will; the knowledge of what we must do in this life, and what we may expect in another.
He has shown us, that “ God will render to every man according to his deeds ;” which means, that God will make the good happy, and the bad miserable, while they continue bad.
Let all the earth fear the Lord : let all the inhabitants of the earth stand in awe of him.
Fear the Lord and serve him in truth, with all your heart, for consider how great things he hath done for you.
'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart
Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
I trust in the mercy of God for ever.
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the un. righteous man his thoughts; and let him return anto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Thou Lord art good, and ready to forgive As a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
Honor thy father and thy mother. Children, obey your parents in all things : for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
A wise son maketh a glad father : but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.
Let us love one another ; for love is of God.
Love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous-(courteous means polite.)
Love your enemies ; bless them that curse you; do good to them that hate
you ; and
for them who despitefully use you. If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink.
If ye forgive men their trespasses, (trespasses mean faults, or sins,) your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Render unto all their dues.
He that walketh uprightly, walketh surely (walketh uprightly, means in this place, acteth honestly.)
Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
Comfort the feeble minded, be patient towards all men.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor
All things, whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye even so to them. : Be content with such things as ye have.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace.
Thou shalt not steal.
EXPLANATIONS. To covet is to wish to take away what another possess, and to have it for our own.
Covetousness. The desire of another's property
" THOU SHALT LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Thou shalt love thy neighbor, as well as thou lovest thyself; thou shalt do to thy neighbor exactly as thou wouldst wish him to do to thee, if thou wast in thy neighbor's place.
A man asked Christ what he should do to be good, and to be happy. Christ told the man he must love God; and that he must love his neighbor as himself.
We call those persons who live near us, our neighbors. Christ meant by neighbors every body in this world. He meant that every man, woman, or child, whether we know them, or do not know them, whether we love them, or do not love them, is our neighbor.
The man asked Christ, “who is my neighbor ?”
Christ related a parable to show him who was meant by his neighbor.
There was a city in Asia, called Jerusalem ; it was the largest city of the people called Jews; Jesus Christ was killed at Jerusalem. The Jews uused his death.
Near the city of Jerusalem was another city called Samaria. The people who lived in Samaria hated the people of Jerusalem ; and the people of Jerusalem hated the people of Samaria. The people of these cities hated one another so much, that they would not talk together if they could help it, nor do one another any good; indeed they tried to hurt one another as much as they could.
One day, when Christ and many men with him were going to Jerusalem, they were obliged to pass by a small village of the Samaritans. Before they came to the village Christ sent a messenger to desire that the Samaritans would prepare some food for him and his company. But the Samaritans would not give them any
food, only because they were going to Jerusalem.
The men who were with Christ, were very angry ; two of them, James and John, requested him to call down fire from Heaven to burn up the Samaritans ; but Christ was not angry; he forgave the Samaritans ; and he told James and John that they ought to forgive them also.
This happened a short time before the man asked Christ who was his neighbor.
Christ did not tell the man how badly he had been treated by the Samaritans; but he thought of one good Samaritan, and he told the man how good he was. Before you read the story of the good Samaritan, I must recommend to you to think of your Savior's conduct upon this occasion. Most people think if they tell no lies of their fellow creatures that they do not injure them by speaking the truth about them. Most people think it an act of justice describe the faults of others ; they think that to expose these faults is to punish them; they think faults deserve punishment, and that they ought to punish them.
Christ did not think thus, nor did he act thus. One of his apostles has told us in the New Tes. tament, that God punishes wicked people himself in his own way ; and Christ shows us by his example, that we should repeat the gond, and not the evil that we know of others ; though it may be our duty to speak of the bad qualities of others, to prevent people from being injured by them.
Our Savior's parable may be found in the New Testament, in the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke.
The story is nearly as follows: A man was taking a journey from Jerusalem to Jericho, (a city at some distance from Jerusalem.) On his way, the man was overtaken by some thieves, who stripped off his clothes, and hurt him rery much ; so that when they went away he was almost dead. Soon after the thieves were gone, a man who was a priest, (that is, a minister, as we call thein,) came by ; be saw the poor man, but he went on the other side of the way, and did not offer to help him.
Soon after the priest went by, another priest, called a Levite, came that way; but he also passed along, and did not relieve the wounded
The next person who came along, was a Samaritan; he stopped, for he felt pity for the man, and bound up his wounds, and gave him wine to make him feel better, and put oil on his bruises, and set him on his horse, and carried him to an inn, where he took care of him.