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Lider and treat them as their friends, not their llaves.
The children of the family will quickly feel an affec- tionate attachment to them. And the relations and cácquaintance of the house will have a pleasure in visitzing is and go away admiring as well the kind and bę. nevolent manners of the servants, as the prudence and hospitality of their superiors. În tots. ..ys. And now, is not such a mode of obedience as this proper? What do fervants get by doing their duty grudgingly? They hurt themselves as much as they do others. They waste their spirits more by the froawardnefs of their tempers than the labours of their hands, and if they get their wages, they miss of that which an ingenuous mind would consider as his principal reward, the good will of his fuperiorsenia
There is indeed a difference in peoples natural tempers, and all proper allowance should be made for that timidity, gloominess, and reserve, which is conftitutional to some persons. But then servants who are thus circumitanced, should endeavour to master their tempers, by reasoning with themselves, and watching against every exprelion of these ill-qualities, 1 fo disgusting to all observers. They thould thrust
gloomy ideas as much as pollible from their minds, 3 and endeavour to make their ftuations as agreeable to
themselves as they can. They should learn to sing as - well as to pray, and should consider, efpecially if they
are Christian servants, how much they are obliged to - contribute to the comfort and happiness of all around
them, and what disgrace the contrary behaviour will
bring on their profesion... tot die uitky - Cheerfulness in matters of religion is of the last im7 portance. Whoever is an acceptable servant of God, Szias
must must be so out of choices she must love his mastery and make his honour and interest his object. It mult be his meat and drink to do his will, and he must con.. sider his work as his reward. "Serve the Lord with o gladness: come before his presence with singing." Thus the angels serve God. Happy Spirits How cheerful their countenances! How willing their obez dience!: “ They do his commandments, hearkening “ unto the voice of his word ? How "fwiftly". did Gabriel fly, charged with a message of high im. portance, to Daniely the man greatly beloved of God I! Thus the prophets and apostles served God, and thus they laboured with all their might to per fuade others to serve him. And thus-blessed example indeed !--the Lord Jesus Cbrif, in the days of his flesh, ferved his Father. "Lo, I come,” said he, 6 to do thy will.” Though a thousand obstructions were thrown in his way, none of them discouraged him. “ He went about,” ill treated as he was, “ do5* ing good.” He felt ardent pleafure in his work. Not a complaint was ever heard from his lips. His: countenance was serene and easy, his addrels affable and courteous, and his words soft and engaging.. Wherever he came, his kind and obliging manner put it beyond a doubt, that he served both God and man with perfect fincerity and cordiality. What a glo. rious pattern this for our imitation! Who can consider it, and not catch fire at-it ? -Set bim, fervants, before your eyes, and charge it upon yourselves to do. as he did. hill 'sri is issue is, hitte -> This ready obedience to the will of your masters, is likewise strictly enjoined in the word of God, and 1.m 3T
you are allured to it by the most gracious promises of divine asistance in the course of your work, and an ample reward at the clofe of it. “Whatever ye do, "do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto "men *," says that apoftle to the Colossians. And. the language of the text is, “ Obey your masters in "singleness of your heart, not with eye-service, as " men pleasers, but as the servants of Christ, doing "the will of God from the heart : with good-will “ doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.?! And you may depend upon it he will comfort, strengthen and succeed you. Of you who consider yourselves as ferving God while serving your mastersg. he says, “My fervants shall eat, but they who chuse ss that wherein I delight not, shall be hungry: those “ shall drink, but these be thirsty: those shall rejoice, " but these be ashamed: those shall fing for joy of "heart, but these cry for sorrow of heart, and howl " for vexation of .fpirit t." And how unspeakably glorious will your reward in heaven be! There you shall cease from your labours, and your works shall follow you. “The reward of the inheritance ye shall “ receive, for ye have served the Lord Chrilt 1." “ Well done, good and faithful servant !", he will say, " enter thou into the joy of thy Lord ||." ou - Thus have we confidered the obedience required of fervants, and the manner in which it should be ren, dered. “ Servants,, obey your masters in all tliings : " and let your obedience be bumble, faithful, diligenti 1 " and cheerful.” And now, my friends, may I hope the light in which your duty has been placed, and thejarfrom this de plus des Pioni guments sis. * Col. iii. 23.
f Isa. Ixv. 13, 146. i Coliii. 24. ii. Mąt. XXV. 21, ,114
guments with which it has been enforced, approve them. felves to your underflanding and judgment, and to the ingenuous feelings of your hearts? If to, and you are disposed cordially to fall in with the apostolical admonition in our text, you will be yourselyes happy, you will make your maffers happy, and you will crown our endeavours to promote your mutual good with an ample rewardoor de 10 ITUC
And ye masters do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening : knowing that your master also is in heaven, neither is there respect of persons with bim.
THE duties of fervants to their masters having
I been at large explained and enforced, we are now to consider those of masters to their servants. This is a subject of as great importance as the former, for the obligations and interests of both parties are mutual: and indeed, after all the pains that have been taken with servants, the success of our endeavours depends not a little upon the prudent, resolute, and goodnatured behaviour of masters towards them.
In explaining the text we are to consider, First, The persons addresled : Secondly, The duties enjoin. ed: and Thirdly, The arguments with which they are enforced. First, The persons addressed are mafiers.