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CHARACTER-CHASTISEMENT. charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
(1 Cor. xiii. Let all your things be done with charity. (1 Cor. xvi. 14.
Above all things, have fervent charity among yourselves : for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
(1 Peter, iv. 8. Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
[1 John, iii. 17. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another : for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
[Rom. xiii. 8, 9. If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.
[Exod. xxiii. 4, 5. Above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
[Coloss. iii. 14. The end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.
[1 Tim. i, 5. CHARACTER. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.
[Prov. xxii. 1. CHASTISEMENT. My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; nei. ther be weary of his correction : For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth, even as a father the son in whom he delighteth
(Prov. iii, 11, 12. He that spareth his rod hateth his son : but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. (Prov. xiii. 24.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten : be zealous therefore, and repent.
(Heb. iii. xix. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with
7 sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure, but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous : nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
(Heb. xii. 7, 10, 11, Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child ; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
(Prov. xxii. 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom : but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.
[Prov. xxix. 15, 17. Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth : there. fore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up : he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
[Job, v. 17, 18. Blessed is the man whom thou chasteneth, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law.
[Ps. xciv. 12. Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.
(Deut. viii. 5. Before I was afficted I went astray: but now I have kept thy word. It is good for me that I have been af. flicted ; that I might learn thy statutes. (Ps. cxix. 67, 71.
Withhold not correction from the child : for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell.
(Prov. xxiii, 13, 14. Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. [Prov. xv. 10.
Put off the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts : And be renewed in the spirit of your mind : Put away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour : for we are members one of another. Let not the sun go down upon your wrath ; Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let bim labour, working with his hands the thing which 8
CHRISTIAN DUTY is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to ano. ther, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Ephes. iv. 22–32.
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour. But fornication, and all un. cleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, por jesting, which are not convenient ; but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye there. fore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes dark. ness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light; (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth ;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruit. ful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make mani. fest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleep. est, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit ; Speaking to yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord ; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the pame of our Lord Jesus Christ; CHRISTIAN DUTY.
9 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
[Ephes. v. 1-21. If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like. minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding forth the word of life.
[Phil. ij. 1-16. Put on as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any; even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatso. ever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
(Col. iii. 12-17. Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteonsness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the ser. vant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient; In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
[2 Tim. ii. 22-26. 10
CHRISTIAN DUTY. Unto the pure all things are pure : but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works'they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
[7'itus, i. 15, 16. Speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blas. phemed. Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded. In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works : in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity: Sound speech, that cannot be condemned ; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world ; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
[Titus, ii. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. For we our. selves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have