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prove your hearts unto him. Let not Servants therefore dispute their lawful commands, bar do chem; and that with an eje to Gods Command. If their Masters should command any thing, though lawful, yet imprudent, ler chem bumbly offer their reasons to the contrary; but if they perfist, 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 che Apostle speaks, Tit.2.9.'!;e. Ne making such sarly and rude replies as may encreafi their Mafters dipleasure. A thing too frequent among servants, even in the justest reprehensions. Whereas St. Peter directs them to suffer patiestly the most unde served correction, even when they do well, and yet fuffer for it, 1 Pet.3.20. And farther, they must know, that the giving their Mssters the hearing, & the patient suffering of rebuke, is not all that 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, speaking the trubalmaies. Lying doubles a fault. A lying tongue is an abomi. nation to the Lord, Prov.6.17. Rev.21.8. Lars are of the number of those that shall be chat out of the nem Ferusalem,& fall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone. When therefore they are charged with a fault (if they
seguilty) let them remember, chat an humble ngenuous confeffion, with promise of amendment, s the best and most pacifying excuse, they can possibly make
2. in sheir actions: 1. In not purloining, as he Apostle commands, Tit.2.10. not convert
that which is their Masters to cheir own use, or disposing of any thing thac is His, without his cave; contencing themselves with such things as ere fit for a servant to have, and not secretly Iching such things as they know are not allowed hem by their Master, or appointed for them. Where the fear of God is in the heart, there Gill be a care of these things ; Where 'tis noi, ervants think they may do any thing, what they lease. 2. In not wasting and imbeziling their 1asters goods, (as the unjust Steward was accu-, ed co have done, Luke 16.6.)by their neglect and ireleseffe. Every Master is supposed to intrust is affairs, as well to the care, as co the hoxesty f his servant ; cherefore anfaithfulnesje is a reat fin, and (in some respects) worse then ommon theft, by how much there is a greater ruft reposed, the betraying whereof adds to the rime.
3. They must be faithful in their work and bus. nesse, and in the managing all things intrusted o them, labouring to preserve and increase their Masters ėstate, by all good and lawfull means. This che Apostle hints in those words, Tit.2.10.
Shewing all good fidelity. And with what sprightnesse and integrity servants should carry themselves herein, che Jamé Apostle cels us in those words, Col.3. 22. In singlenejle 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 honeftin upright servants were Facob and Foseph, who were great bloßings co the Masters whom they served.
4. They must be faithfull in respect of their Masters children, (if any care of them be commit. ted co them) endeavouring their good and wel. fare every kind of way; infusing good princi pies 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 deprave them. They must not conceale their fauits and miscarriages, much lesse be accessary to the drawing them into any evil course, or be any way inftrurnent as to their ruine, 3s too many servants are.
5. They must do all the good they can to their fellow-fervants, by prudent Inggestions, a goa. example, and an unblam.able conversation,
6. 'They must preserve ( by all good means the repie
: a!ion of their Master and his family; an not like idle tale-bearers, divulge every thing doo in the house, which is an unfaithfulneß an honi servant lh uld abhorre.
IV. Diligence ; constantly attending to all those things that are che duties of their place, and not giving themselves to idlenese and soib; remembring their time is their Masters, and therefore not to be fquandred away or mifpenf. They must do all true service to their Masters; not only when their egé is over them, bue when
they are absent, and nee like to discera their failing's. ' Nos with eye service, 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 owfly, that chey may escape, not only their Ma. fters, but Gods anger, who will call chem to
So much of the duties of servants. | The Molives to incourage them to a cheerfull performance of them are chele cwo:
1. By performing their duties in this manner, they will adørn the doctrine of God our Saviour, Tit.2. 10. The world will then sec True Relipion is not meerly 4 Name, buc a powerfull hing, rendring men good in all their relatiies. It will render Religion amiable to che Vorld.
2. They fhall not lose their reward. God will plentifully reward them, if out of conscience to bis command they be faithfüll. Eph.6.8. Knoming that what forver good thing any man dorb, she fame Hall be receive of tbe Lord, whether lie be
bond or free. Col. 3.24. Knowing that of the
Lord ye shall receive the reward of ihe inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ.
Let feruants therefore set these 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 singleneß of your heart, as
unto Christ. V.6. Not with eye service, as men-pleasers, bat
as the servants of Christ,doing the will of God from the heart. V.7. With good will doing service, as to the Lord
and not to men, V.8. Knowing, tint whatsoever good thing any man doth, the same shall be receive of the Lord,
whether he be bond or free. Col 3.22. Servants, obey in all things your Mo
fters according to the flesh. not with eie service, As men pleasers,but in singlenejle of heart, fearV.23. And whatsoever ge de, do it heartily, és
to the Lord, and not unto men. V.24. Knowing , that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of inheritance ; for ye ferv: the Lord Christ. V.25. But he that doch wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done, and there is not ftreet of perfons.