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he fed him at his own table, and gave him drink out of his own cup; when he was cold he carried him into the sunshine, and when he was hot he placed him under the shade of the cocoa nut trees. Astonished at the attention this confidential slave bestowed upon a fellow slave, his master interrogated him upon the subject. He said, you could not take so intense an interest in the old man but for some special reason; he is a relation of yours-perhaps, your father? "No, massa," answered the poor fellow, "he no my fader.” "He is then an elder brother ?" "No, massa, he no my broder." "Then he is an uncle or some other relation ?" "No, massa, he no be of my kindred at all, nor even my friend." "Then," asked the master, 66 on what account does he excite your interest?" "HE MY ENEMY, massa," replied the slave, "he sold me to the slave dealer, and my Bible tell me, when my enemy hunger, feed him; and when he thirst, give him drink.'" Matt. v. 43-48.(Rev. W. Carus at Stafford, 1830.)

The merciful, Matt. v. 7; James ii. 15, 16. Love one another, Rom. xiii. 9, 10; xii. 10; John xiii. 34, 35; Eph. v. 1,2; 1 Pet. iii. 8, 9; 1 John iii. 15, 16; iv. 20. Assist others, James ii. 15, 16; 1 John iii. 17, 18,


Hymn and prayer.




"Lead us not into temptation.”


Temptation" means trial, and is used in a good or a bad sense-in a good sense, Gen. xxii. 1; Heb. xi. 17; 1 Cor. xi. 19; James i. 3; Rom. v. 4. The afflictions and troubles wherewith God tries his people, James i. 2, 12; Deut. viii. I—4; such blessed, James i. 12; 1 Pet. iv. 12. Persecution for religion, Luke viii. 13. Means and enticements which the devil uses to ensnare and bring men into sin, Matt. vi. 13. Who tempt?-Men, Prov. i. 10—19; xvi. 29. Women, Job ii. 9; 1 Kings xxi. 7. Things of the world, Gal. i. 4; John xvii. 15. Improper books, pictures. Devil, "tempter," Matt. iv. 3; Acts v. 3; 2 Cor. ii. 7; 1 Thess. iii. 5, our own hearts, James i. 14; Psalm lxxxi. 13. When God is said to tempt us, it means to try us, to see whether we will obey him or not. God never tempts any man to do wrong. If therefore at any time I am tempted to do that which is contrary to God's revealed will, the Bible, I may be sure the temptation is from Satan, whatever may be the instruments of which he makes use. Deut. viii. I-4; xiii. 3; 2 Chron. xxxii. 31; Hosea iv. 17. When tempted?-Every moment.

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What the consequence of giving way to it?-Death.

What the way to resist temptation? Matt. xxvi. 41; 1 Pet. v. 8; Prov. iv. 23; Eph. vi. 10, &c.

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What encouragement to resist? 1 Cor. x. 13; James iv. 7; Heb. iv. 15.

There is no sin in being tempted, Christ was, Matt. iv. 1-9. But in giving way to it-Satan cannot make us sin.

Repeat hymn 100 in Cottage hymn book, "Deceitfulness of sin." To be "led into temptation," is to be brought into such circumstances as give Satan and our corruptions an advantage over us—and tend to shew us what we are.

Here we pray to be delivered from the power, as before from the punishment, of sin, Rom. viii. 1.

That if God suffer us to be tempted, we pray him to be with us, Psalm xxiii. 4. Support us under it, 1 Cor. x. 13; 1 Pet. i. 6, 7. Deliver us out of it, 2 Pet. ii. 9; Prov. iii. 10. That God's all-sufficient grace may keep us always on our guard-restrain us from sin-and make us more than conquerors over it.

This prayer implies knowledge of our weakness and sinfulness, Jerem.

xvii. 9.

We must shun bad company-bad places-bad books, pictures.

The steps of Peter's fall—want of attention to Christ's word-self-confidence pride-ignorance-rushing into danger, and temptation— continuing there.

Mention some who were tempted and fell. Eve, Cain, Ananias, Achan, Josh. vii. 20; David, 2 Sam. xxiv. 1; Judas, Matt. xxvi. 15; 1 Tim. vi. 9; Peter. Gal. ii. 11-16.

Some who were tempted and overcame, Joseph, Shadrach, and Daniel, Job i. 12; ii. 3, 6; xxiii. 10.

We must not think because we have been preserved a great while, free from temptation and sin, that there is no danger. Never cease to watch and pray.

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We must watch against vanity of our minds when alone-prideambition-malice-uncleanness-anger-over our eyes, Gen. vi. 2; 2 Pet. ii. 14; Psalm cxix. 37; Job xxxi. 1; Matt. v. 28, 29. Against special temptation-drunkenness, &c. Every constitution has its peculiar temptation-so also has every age. Youth, pride in dress-dislike of restraint. Manhood, ambition— revenge cruelty. Old age, covetousness-peevishness. Every trade and occupation-public house-and to cheat, lie, steal. Every condition of life. Poverty, murmuring and repining. Riches, security-haughtiness-forgetfulness of God. Learning, disputation, infidelity. Health and strength, folly and vanity. Sickness, impatience- complaining. Beauty, lust and uncleanness.


Temptation overcome.

Some time ago, a young man, accustomed to attend divine worship, and from a child well acquainted with the holy Scriptures, was asked to join in an excursion on the Thames on a Sabbath-day. Conscience remonstrated; but the love of pleasure, and the temptation of entertaining society, silenced the friendly monitor. The day was agreed upon the weather was unusually fine, and the party, about twelve in number, assembled on the bank to proceed to Richmond. Among

the party was this young man. Just as he was about to step into the boat, that command of God, "Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy," was brought powerfully to his remembrance. This is God's word. His conscience instantly suggested, or rather, the Holy Spirit caused him to think, "How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" He could proceed no further, but retired from the bank of the Thames amidst the scoffing and ridicule of his companions. But what, think you, must his feelings have been, when the sad tidings reached him, that as the party was returning from their amusement on the Lord's day, in the neighbourhood of Putney, the boat in which they were sailing ran foul of a barge laden with coal; the party, many of them being intoxicated, saw, but had not power to clear the barge, and were immediately plunged into the water. The screams of the females were heard on shore, but alas! to no purpose. Seven of the number sank to rise no more in this world, cut off in the midst of their sins, and summoned before that God whose commandment they had broken. Read Prov. xxix. 1.—(Whitecross 97.)

Hymn and prayer.



"But deliver us from evil?"


Heard them the church catechism. I What desirest thou of God in the Lord's prayer? What part of this has reference to this petition? "That it will please him to save and defend us in all dangers ghostly and bodily; and that he will keep us from all sin and wickedness; and from our ghostly enemy, and from everlasting death."

What do you mean by ghostly?-Spiritual, the enemies of the soul. Can you tell me any petition in the litany like this?" From all evil, and mischief, &c. good Lord deliver us."


What is meant by evil?-Sometimes affliction, Job. ii. 10; Isa. xlv. Amos iii. 6. Wrongs of men-injuries, Prov. xvii. 13; Matt. v. 39. Dangers, Prov. xxii. 3. Sin, 1 Kings xvi. 25, 30; Eccles. ix. 3; Luke x. 19.

What is that evil from which we pray to be delivered?—All evil, temporal, spiritual, and eternal. Afflictions, Psalm cxix. 153; cxliv. 7; so far as may be. Dangers, Psalm xl. 12. Enemies, Ps cxliii. 9; 2 Kings xvii. 39. Evil thoughts, James ii. 4; Psalm cxix. 113. Evil words, James iv. 16; 1 Pet. ii. 1. Evil works. God's promise, 2 Tim. iv. 18. Evil company, Rev. ii. 2; Phil. iii. 2: 1 Cor. xv. 33; Psalm xxv. 19-21. Evil heart, Matt. xv. 19; Ezek. xxxvi. 26; Heb. iii. 12; Psalm cxix. 133. Evil spirit, Matt. xiii. 19; 1 John ii. 13, 14; v. 18, 19. Evil world, Gal. i. 4. All sin in general, Psalm xxxix. 8; li. 14; lxix. 14; Paul, Rom. vii. 24; Psalm lxxix. 9. All evil, Psalm cxxi. 7; Gen. xlviii. 16. Punishment of sin, Luke xxii. 42; Rev. xxi 8; Rom. vi. 23; James i. 15. Everlasting death, Matt. xxv. 46. All suggestions to evil.

Repeat that hymn of Dr. Watts, "Why should I join with those in play."
Who leads us into evil?--The devil. How?-By his temptations.
Can we deliver ourselves?-No: not from one evil.

Who can deliver us ?-God, 2 Cor. xii. 9; 2 Tim. iv. 18; Jude 24.
Will God deliver us? Deut. xxiii. 14; 1 Sam. iv. 8; xii. 10;
2 Kings xviii. 30; Job v. 19; Psalm 1. 15; xci. 3; Prov. ii. 12, 16.
Isa. xxxvi. 15, 18; xlvi. 4; Jer. i. 8, 19; xv. 20, 21: xxxix. 17, 18;
Dan. iii. 17; vi. 16, 20; 2 Cor. i. 10; 2 Thess. iii. 3.

Whom will God deliver? -His saints, 1 Sam. ii. 9; Hos. xiii. 9. How does he deliver them? By increasing their faith, which, Acts xv. 9; 1 John v. 4; 1 Pet. i. 5. Putting on them his armour, Eph. vi. 10-16. Enabling them to trust in God, Psalm xci. 1—13. By his Word-Spirit- Providence-men-angels-grace-fear, Prov.

xvi. 6.

God's appeal, Judges x. 11. Saviour's prayer, John xvii. 15.
God's people acknowledge he keeps, 1 Sam. xxv. 39.

Prayers. David, Psalm lxxi. 2; cix. 21; word, cxix. 170; xxxi. 2 ; lxx. 1. Isaiah xliv. 17. Jabez, 1 Chron. iv. 10. Hebrews xiii. 12. Isaiah xxx. 21.

We must not only pray but watch and strive against evil, 1 John v. 18; Gal. v. 24; Col. iii. 5; v. 8; Eph. iv. 22.

Praying will make us leave off sinning, or sinning will make us leave off praying, Isa. xxxvii. 15, 21.

Keep out of danger, Prov. iv. 14; xxiii. 21; 2 Thess. iii. 2.

Anecdote. "Evil men."


Mr. Studly and his Son.

Mr. Studly was the son of an attorney in Kent, who was worth about four hundred pounds a year, a man remarkable for his enmity against power of religion, and the people called Puritans. His son seemed for some years to tread in his father's steps, till the Lord, who had separated him from his mother's womb, was pleased to call him by his grace, in the following remarkable manner :

Young Mr. Studly being in London, and having spent an evening in gay company, was intoxicated with liquor: returning in the night to his lodging, he fell down into a cellar, and in the fall was so seized with horror of mind, that he absolutely thought he had fallen into hell. He lay there some hours, though he received little harm from the fall. Stupid, affrighted, and heated with liquor, he imagined that he was actually in the pit of misery. When he recovered himself, and had got home into Kent, he became very thoughtful and serious, applied himself diligently to reading the Scriptures and to prayer. His father soon perceived the change of his disposition and conduct, and greatly dreading that his son would turn Puritan, behaved in a very harsh and severe manner to him, and even obliged him to dress the horses; to all which he readily and humbly submitted. And when at any time his father perceived that he sat up late at night to read his bible, he denied him candle light; but being allowed to have a fire in his chamber, he used to lie all along on the floor, and read by the light of the fire. He has

told his friends, that while employed in dressing his father's horses in his frock, and lying on the floor to read, he received such comforts and joys from the Lord, that were scarcely ever equalled afterwards.

The old gentleman, finding his endeavours to discourage him from religion ineffectual, resolved to send him to France, hoping that change of air and levity of manners might cure him of his melancholy. Accordingly he went; but being left to his own disposal, he was providentially directed to a godly Protestant minister, with whom he fixed himself, and with whom he soon contracted a most pleasing and profitable friendship. Here he made a rapid progress in learning and speaking French, an account of which was communicated to his father. Soon after this he was ordered to return to England, and by the father's invitation, or the son's persuasion, the tutor accompanied him, and was affectionately received by old Mr. Studly, who as yet knew nothing of his being a minister. At length the father surprised the French gentleman and his son at prayer together, which so enraged him, that he immediately paid him what was owing, and dismissed him.

Another expedient was now adopted. Old Mr. Studly having some interest with a person of honour, a lady of quality at Whitehall, prevailed with her to take his son into her family, who was by his education qualified for such a situation. He hoped by the gaiety of a court life to drive away his melancholy, as he called his son's seriousness in religion.

When fixed in this new situation, having considerable authority over the numerous servants of the house, he took the liberty to reprove them for swearing and other vices, with such prudence and gravity, that sin fell down before him; so that when any of them were improperly employed, it was enough to deter them if they heard Mr. Studly coming. When a year was elapsed, the father waits upon the lady, to enquire how the young man had approved himself in his place. She replied, she was heartily glad that Mr. Studly had come into her house, for he had effected a wonderful reformation in the family. She had, she said, been formerly troubled with the unruly conduct of her servants; but, by his prudent management, all was now as quiet as in a private family in the country. At this the old man perfectly stormed, and exclaimed, What! will he make Puritans in Whitehall? He told the lady, that was no place for his son, he would take him home, which to her great dissatisfaction he did.

The only method he could now devise to stifle the work of religion, was to get his son married to some gay young lady in an irreligious family. Having such an one in his eye, he ordered his son one evening to be ready to accompany him on horseback in the morning following; and when on the road, ordered the servant, who was behind them, to ride on before, and then addressed himself to the young man to the following purpose: "Son, you have been the occasion of great grief to my mind. I have used a variety of methods to reclaim you from the strange way you are in, and as yet to no purpose. I have one more remedy to apply, and if you comply with my wishes in it, I will settle my whole estate on you; but if you refuse, you shall never enjoy a groat of it. We are now going to such a gentleman's house, and to his daughter I intend to mary you." The young man said little in

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