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His Burdens much lessened by the Relations arising from it,
even in the worst constituted Society. II. This Precept consider'd as fulfilling the Law
of Christ, Human Prudence can never provide Laws for all Cases.
nor ever see the best Laws duely executed. The Law of Christ the only Supplement for these Defects.
makes both Individuals and Communities happy by suppressing unsocial Affections. opens
the Prospect of an everlasting Interest in order to promote our Kindness to others. Įt behoves us therefore to try our Faith by such Works.
i Per. iii. 8. Love as Brethren, be pitiful, be courteous. Benevolence and Courteousness strongly insisted
upon in the New Testament. I. Our frequent Offences in this respect by evil
speaking The Failings of others the common Topick of
Conversation. The most Dull and Infipid have a Talent for
Raillery. The Causes of this perverse Behaviour. Pride and Envy principal Motives, A Desire of entertaining Company agreeably another Motive.
Raillery, how usually managed when Inferiors are
--- when Superiors.
deflroy'd by Defamation.
the Authors from Contempt. Offenders of a lower Class should reflect on the
Mischiefs they occasion to others by this Prac
tice. The harden'd Slanderer, on the Infamy that he brings upon himself.
on the amiable Character of the Courteous. The inveterate Slanderer the most incorrigible of
all Creatures. --- he defeats his own Purposes in this Life. --- destroys all Prospects in the Life to come. Let us avoid the common Artifice of shifting
these Instructions from our selves.
D IS CO U R S E XII.
Phil. iv. 5.
Lord is at band,
The exact Mean not a mathematical Line, but
capable of some Latitude. The Nature of our Progress in it. The late Refinements about the abstract Reasons
and Relations of things, not proper for the Bulk of Mankind.
they require clearer and more obvious Di-
What that implies.
Beauty and Excellence.
regard to this Duty.
its own Views, which are obtain'd only by the
contrary Virtues, generally true.
to our Natures.
The Disposition neceffary for re
EPH ES. iv. 15.
B::t speaking the Truth in Love.
HE Apostle, in these few Words, recommends to us every thing that can render
our Natures truly valuable, and blessed; every thing that can perfect our Beings, and improve o'r Happiness. Vol. II. B