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Bible Advice to Servants.
495 Where no wood is there the fire goeth out; so where there is no talebearer the strife ceaseth.Prov. xxvi. 20.
It is better to dwell in a corner of the house-top, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.---Prov. xxi. 9.
A continual dropping in a very rainy day, and a contentious woman, are alike-Prov. xxvii. 15.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, vengeance is mine, I will repay saith the Lord.—Rom. xii. 18, 19. For we hear that there are some which walk
among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.—2 Thess. iii. 11.
And withal, they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tatlers also, and busy-bodies, speaking things which they ought not.—1 Tim. v. 13.
But let none of you suffer, as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or as a busy-body, in other men's matters.--1 Pet. iv. 15.
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.Matt. v. 44.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.--Matt. vi. 14, 15.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil-speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.-Eph. iv. 31.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.-Gal. v. 22, 23.
And the servant of God must not strive, but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves.-2 Tim. ii. 24, 25.
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.– Tit. ji. 2.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.-James i. 19, 20.
Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.—Matt. vii. 12.
It would not be difficult to multiply such extracts from the Scriptures; but the above may be sufficient to induce your readers to search for themselves. I would recommend every servant to learn these passages by heart, and to repeat them daily, that they may be always ready in the thoughts, to check the first temptation to drunkenness, lying, or quarrelling,
A. z. Sept. 21, 1827.
A MOTHER'S LEGACY.
My last Legacy to my most dear and loving child, which I desire you to observe, as you desire your mother's blessing.
If the last words of a dying friend may prevail with you, I charge you, on my blessing, to remember these
last admonitions; and the blessing of God which is never wanting to a sincere endeavour, will strengthen you to keep them.
1. My dear child, I charge thee remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Never think yourself too young to prepare for death and judgment.
A Mother's Legacy.
497 2. In the next place, beware of bad company, whose infectious conversation is far more dangerous to your soul, than the plague is to your body. Let your society be those who dare not make a jest of sin. Those companions that endeavour to draw you to any lewdness shun. Keep from their ways as you would keep from their punishment.
3. Think no sins small, but avoid the appearance of evil. Above all, watch against the sins of your nature, and be careful that ill example do not encourage you to connivance and love of the crying sins of the times.
4. Let pride, swearing, lying, drinking, and every kind of indecency, be as dreadful to your thoughts as the day of judgment to the reprobate. For know, my child, though these things be lightly talked of, yet the wages of them is death. And the heavy accompaniments of them in this life are shame and sorrow, sickness and poverty. To which I may add the greatest of all evils, the continual terror of a guilty conscience.
5. Be sure to keep the Lord's day holy, in public and private devotions: carefully avoiding that bad practice of making that day your play-day. If you converse with those that pretend they have no other time, advise them to improve it to the best advantage. The breaking of the Sabbath shews a high contempt of the work of our redemption, and brings more young people to ruin, than any one thing besides. Begin the week with prayer and piety, and the end will be peace and profit
. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all things needful shall be added unto you.
6. Be faithful and just to all that employ you. Follow that golden rule of doing to others as you would be done unto. A rule truly Christian; blessed are they that keep it.
Be reverent and devout to Almighty God. Be loyal and obedient to your king. Be loving and
kind to all your relations. Be courteous and civil to all your acquaintance. Be_compassionate and charitable to all in distress. Be careful and diligent in all your business. Be just and honest in all your dealings. Be wisely wary of all your companions. Be moderately frugal in all your expences. Be discreet and grave in the choice of your wife: always remembering that no love can be of an happy continuance, that is not founded upon virtue, nor any woman continue a good wife, that is not first a good Christian. She that per forms her duty to God will love and 5 reverence her husband.'
And now, my child, having given you these few directions, I intreat thee to follow them: though they are ill-expressed, they are well intended, therefore slight them not (as the custom is) because they are the counsels of an OLD WOMAN, but esteem them as the advice of a loving mother, who values the good of
soul as her own. And that God Almighty may preserve you, sanctify and save you, make you a pious Christian in this world, and a glorious saint in that to come, is, and shall be till death, the constant prayer of
Your dear and loving Mother.
GOD'S EYE ALWAYS SEES US.
GREAT GOD! whose eye looks through the world,
And through the heart of man,
Each deeply-bidden plan;
That Thou art ever near,
I feel, but Thou dost hear!
499 Nay, not one feeling unexpress'd,
One faint desire untold,
Thou can'st its source unfold.
With earnest care erase,
Thou should'st the evil trace.
Or ridicule may try,
A CHILD'S HYMN.
And what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”—MICAH, vi. 8.
Still to act justly, though we find