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Your Duty to your Neighbour and
Yourself. THIS is the Second Great Command, and will require the most solemn Resolutions you can make, before you go to the Lord's Supper.
Consider therefore whether you can sincerely resolve as follows:
I dare pot, I will not be indifferent how I lead my Life. I know what God has commanded me, and I purpose sincerely to do it.
I will, in the first Place, be obedient to the lawful Commands of my Superiors, and especially to those who watch for my Soul. -I do sincerely purpose
in all ings to remember the Command given me by my Saviour-Thou shalt love thy Neighbour as thyself. And therefore I will make a Conscience of doing the least Irong to any Man ;-of using any Deceit, or Fraud, or Oppression; or of taking Advantage of the Ignorance, Mistakes, or Necessity, of my Neighbour.; knowing assuredly, that he who wrongs his Neigli
bour, does the greatest Injury to himself.
-And if at any Time I am convinced that I have done him any Wrong, I will make him Satisfaction, as far as I am able, without being forced by Law, To do unto others what I would they should do unto me.
To this End, I will endeavour to live peacably and charitably with all People ;
-avoiding all Malice and Revenge, and Evil-speaking, and Contention, as much as possibly I can.--And I will speak Truth at all Times, and especially when I am called to my Oath, whether it be for, or against any worldly Interest. AS TO THE DUTY I OWE TO MYSELF
I am convinced, thatm-my first and great Concern ought to be,–To take .. Care of my own Soul.
I do therefore stedfastly purpose to lead a serious Life, as one under the Sentence of Death ought to do;- To be sober, temperate, and chaste ;: that, when I die, I may be admitted into the Paradise of God, where no unclean: Thing must enter,
To this End, I resolve to keep a Watch over myself, that I may avoid all
, such Company, such Pleasures, and Diver
sions, as may make me lose the Remem-
And forasmuch as a Life of Idleness and Luxury is hateful to God, I will strive to do my Duty in the State of Life in which lis Providence has placed me; not flattering myself, that I do no Evil, when I do no Good in my Generation, lest the Sentence upon the unfruitful Tree be passed upon me, -Cut it down, why cumbereth it the Ground?
· These Duties I will endeavour to per-
* And if through IVeakness, Temptation,
you piously purpose to live after this Manner, you may safely go to the Lord's Table, and the Blessing of God will go along with
you. Go no further till you have considered those Purposes again; for they are to be the Purposes of your whole Life, and of every Day of
And then address yourself to God, -that through his gracious Assistance, they may make the more lasting Impression upon
GRACIOUS God, who hast given us Precepts, and an Example to walk by, let the Remembrance of them be always seasonably present with meGrace to practise them conscientiously,
to reverence my Betters, and all that are in Authority, --and especially such as are ordained to pray for, and to bless us in thy Name. Let
Love for Thee and for my Neighbour, keep me from all Acts of Injustice, or Injury, to his Body or good Name;
Let me nerer wilfully or covet what is his, or envy his Prosperity. May I ever be ready to help and com.
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