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zard of the meanest mans soul, being infinitely more worthy our disquiet, than any thing of the other kind can be. Therefore when Masters or Mi. Streßes are presently on fire for
little negligence and fault of a servant towards themselves, and yet can without trouble see them run into great fins and miscarriages against Gød, 'cis a sign they consider their own concernments too much, and Gods Honour and their servants souls too little,
But as 'cis the duty of Masters to admonish and reprove their servants in case of fault, so they must also look to do it in a due manner, i. e. fo.as may be most likely to do good; not in passion and rage, which can never work che servant to any thing but the defifing and hating of them. Their rebukes must be just, sparing, moderate, Eph 6 9. Porbearing threatning, or moderating threatning, as foine render the word. They must reprove in such a sober and grave manner as may convince them of their faults, and may plainly shew them that 'tis love and good will to their souls, and a de fire of their amendment that makes them thus reprove them. But if no warnings nor reproofs
, will reftrain them from ill courses, neither will they be corrected by words, as 'uis. Prov. 29.19. . then ( in due circumstances ) moderate correction of another fort, may not be inexpedient.
VIII. To listen to their just grievances, and redresse chem, Fob 31.13. 1f i did despise the
IX. And Laftly, to pay
them their se and justly to perform to chem those combines which they were hired,
And thac Maffers may be the more: and conscientious in these things , let the fider,
1. They bave a Master in Heaven, Omniscient, righteous, and just,
to what must give an account of the usage of their fervant on earth, Eph. 6.9. Audge Notes the same things to your servants, farbenigne in ning; knowing that your Mafter alfo is here neither is there respect of persons with lim.) Jame things, 1. e. That which is good and and shall be rewarded of the Lord. For Sale give due recompense; for good wil in foreign turn good will by encouraging ; if seres faithful, be ye good and gentle ; if they are in the Lord, do ye command them in the Lord Only things just, equal, and pleafing to God'
2. They and their servants are of the mould, all of the earth a to the body; ando here, and Glory hereafter, as well as they.]
Servants have reasonable fouls, capable of should not cherefore use them like flaves should not carry themselves imperial, beri
churlifbly, and Nabal-like unto them.
3. Those Servants that are truly gracious, are Gods freemen, and so fellow feruants with their converted Masters, in respect of God. They are
members of the fame mystical body, whereof • Christ is the Head; and may have a greater mea
fure of Grace here and so a higher place in Heaven, a greater degree of Glory hereafter than their Mafters.
4. And Lastly, let them consider how eafily God could have set them in their servants place, i and their servants in theirs. And therefore let
them give them such wsage as themselves would think fit and reasonable, had God disposed them into the condition of Servants. Pfal.101.3. I will behave my self wisely in a per: feet way; I will walk within my house with a
perfe&t heart. V.6. Mire cies shall be upon the faithful of the Land, that they may dwell with me; he that
walketh in a perfect way, he shall ferve me, V.7. He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within
ney house, he that telleth lies fosll not tarryin my fight. Col. 4.1. Masters give unto your servants that
which is just and equal, knowing that ge also ✓ have a Master in Heaven. 1 Eph.6 9. And ye Masters do the same things unto them, forbearing threarning; knowing that
your Master also is in Heaven, neither is there
refpe&t of persons with him. Exod.21.26. And if a man (mite the eye of his
servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish, he : shall lit bim go free for his cies sake. V.27. And if he (mite out his mán- fervants tooth, or his maid servants tooth, he shall let
him go free for his tooths fake. Lev.25.43 Thou shalt not rule over him witbri: gour, bat fhiali fear thy God.
So much of the Duties of Masters.
I now come to speak of those that belong to Servants.
1. Reverence, Servants owe to their Ma.
2. obedience. sters thefe four Duties, 3. Faithfulnesses,
4. Diligence. I. All due Reverence, and that of three forts.
1. In their hearts; honouring them, and fears ing cogive them any just occasion of diftaft.
2. In their words, speaking respectfully to them, and to others of them.
3. In their behaviour, carrying themselves with due regard and respect towards chem ; rl
re membring the fuperiority, power, and authority they have over them, 1 Tim 6.1. Let as many fervants as are under the yoke, count their own Masters wortby of all honour, &c. Mal. 1.6. –
If i be a Master, where is my fear? &c. 1 Pet.2.18. Servants be subject to your own Masters with all fear, &c. Noc with a favish, but a Christi, an, ingenuous fear, which makes a man careful not to negle&t any duty, he is bound to perform, nor co.offend, or provoke any person whom he ough to pleafe.
1. In carefully minding and observing their in. structions and counsels. especially those given them for the good of their souls.
2. In performing and executing their lawful and just Commands. This is expresly required by the Apostle, Tit. 2.9. Exhort servants to be obedient to their own Masters, and to please them well in all things, &c. And this obedience must not be a grumbling, unwilling ione, but ready and chearful, as 'cis, Eph.6.7. With good will doing service.
And to belp them herein, they are to consider, It is to the Lord, and not only unto men,(as 'cis in the next Words) that they pay this obedience, which may make them the more cheerful in it. Cbriftian Servants should look beyond their Masters unto God, who hath placed them in that condition, and enjoyned them this obedience. Whatsoever ye. do, faich the Apostle, Col.3.23.
(i... of your own duty, or your Masters bufonesse) do it heartily, as unto the Lord, i.e. as before God, and in his fight, defiring to glorifie God, and ap