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prove your hearts unto him. Let not Servaris therefore dispute their lawful commands, bar do chem; and that with an eye to Gods Command. If their Masters should command any thing, though lawful
, yet imprudent, lec chem humbly offer their reasons to the contrary, but if they pero fift, let them not finally refuse to obey them.
3. In patiently and meekly submitting to cheir reproofs, when they do amiffe, not answering * gain, as the Apostle speaks, Tit.2.9. i, e. Ne making such sarly and rude replies as may encrease their Matters displeasure. A thing too frequent among servants, even in the justest reprehension. Whereas St. Peter dire&ts them to suffer patiestly the most undeferved correction, even when they do well, and yet suffer for it, i Pet, 2.20. And farther, they must know, that the giving their Mssters the hearing, & the patient suffering of rebuke, is not all chac is required of them in this matter ; but they must (peedily amend the faults they are rebuked for, and
reform what has been amiffe. II. Faithfulneß. They must be true and faithful.
1. In their words, fpeaking the trub alwsies. Lying doubles
a fault. A lying tongue is an abomination to the Lord, Prov.6.17. & Rev.21.8. L ars are of the number of those that shall be fout out of the new Ferusalem, & shall have their part is the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. When therefore they are charged with a fault (if they
beguilty) let them remember, thac áo humble ingenuous confeffion, with promise of amendment, is che best and most pacifying excuse, they can possibly make.
2. in sheir actions: i. In not purloining, as the Apostle commands, Tit. 2.10. not converting that which is their Masters to their own use, or disposing of any thing chae is His, without his leave; contencing themselves with such things as are fit for a servant to have, and not secretly filching such things as they know are not allowed them by their Master, or appointed for them. Where the fear of God is in the heart, chere will be a care of these things; Where 'tis not, servants think they may do any thing, what they please. 2. In not wasting and imbeziling their Masters goods, (as the unjust Steward ivas accu
sed co have done, Luke 16.6.)by their neglect and carelesneffe. Every Master is supposed to intrust his affairs, as well to the care, as to the honesty of his servant; therefore unfaithfulnesje is a great sin, and (in some respects) worse then common theft, by how much there is a greater trust reposed, the betraying whereof adds to the crime.
> 3. They must be faithfull in their work and busfinesse, and in the managing all things intrusted to them, labouring to preserve and increase their Masters ėstate, by all good and lawfull means. This the Apostle hints in those words, Tit.2.19.
Shewing all good fidelity. And with what uprightneje and integrity servants should carry themselves hercin, ché lame Apostle cels us in those words, col.3. 22. In singleneffe of heart, fearing God. If the fear of God be in the heart, that will make servants faithfull. Such a fervant was Eleezer, that wise, faithfull, praying servant, of whom we reade, Gen.24. And such honeft, upright servants were Facob and Foseph, who were great blesings to the Mafters whom they served.
4. They must be faithfull in respect of their Masters children, (if any care of them be commit. ted có chem) endeavouring their good and welfare every kind of way; infusing good princi: ples into them, and the feeds of piety and veriut, and abhorring to speak or do any thing before them, that may tend to corrupt or deprove them. They must not conceale their fauits and misca. riages, much lesse be accessary to the drawing them into any evil course, or be any way inftrurnent al to their raine, 3s too many servants are.
5. They must do all the good they can to their fellow-fervants, by prudent Inggestions, a gao example, and an unblam.able conversation.
6. They must preferve by all good means the repús: at ion of their Master and his family; an not like idle tale-bearers, divulge every thing dos in the house, which is an unfaithfulneß an hon. fervant Shuld abhorre.
IV. Diligence; constantly attending to all those things that are che duties of their place, and not giving themselves to idlenese and Nob; remembring their time is their Masters, and therefore not to be fquandred away or mifpent. They must do all true service to their masters, not only when their egé is over them, bue when
they are abfent, and nec like to discern their faillings. ' Nos with eye forvice, Eph. 6.6. Good fervants, when their Masters eye is not upon them, see him that is invisible; and desire to perform che duties of their places carefully and conscientis oxfly, that they may escape, not only their Ma. fters, but Gods anger, who will call chem co account.
So much of the duties of servants. i The Motives to incourage them to a cheerfull performance of them are chele cwo: 4. 1. By performing their duties in this manner,
ener, they will adorn the doctrine of God var Saviour, Tit.2. 10. The world will chen fee True Reli. rion is not meerly & Name, buc a powerfull hing, rendring men good in all their relati195. It will render Řeligion amiable to che World.
2. They shall not lose their reward. God will plentifully reward them, if out of conscience to bis command they be faithfull. Eph.6.8. Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doth, the same fall be receive of tbe Lord, whesher be be
bond or free. Col. 3.24. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the remard of the inheritance; forge serve the Lord Christ.
Let servants therefore sec chese two motives alwaies before their eyes, to make them faithful and cheerfull in their duties.
Eph.f.5. Servants be obedient to themthat are your Masters, according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singlenes of your heart, as
unto Chrift. V.6. Not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but
as the servants of Christ,doing the will of Ged from the heart. V.7. With good will doing service, as to the Lord
and not to men. V.8. Knowing, timt whatsoever good thing any
man doth, the same shall be receive of the Lord,
whether he be bond or free. Col 3,22. Servanis, obey in all things your Ms
sters according to the flesh. not with eie service, as men pleasers, but in singlenesfe of heart, fear
ing God. V.23. And whatsoever gede, do it heartily,
to the Lord, and not unto men. V.24. Knowing , that of the Lord ye sball receive the reward of inheritance'; for ye fero
the Lord Christ. V.25. But be that doth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done, and there is no retreet of perfors.