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ing, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life ? Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Matt. xix. 16, 17.
This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you. These things I command, that ye love one another. John xv. 12, 17.
And when he had called the people unto him, with his disciples also, he said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow me. Mark viii. 34.
He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Matt. X. 38.
If thy right eye offend thee, [that is, any lust as dear as a right eye,] pluck it out, and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee, that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matt. v. 29.
And if thy right hand offend thee, [that is, any lust as dear as a right hand,] cut it off, and cast it from thee ; for it is profitable for thee, that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. Matt. v. 30.
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matt. vii. 13, 14.
He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me. Matt. x. 37.
Whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, of him shall the Son of Man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. Luke ix. 26.
Peter began to say unto him, lo, we have left all, and followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's but he shall receive an hundred-fold now in this time, and in the world to come, eternal life. Mark x. 28, 29, 30.
. What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ? Mark viii. 36.
This is the will of God, even your sanctification. i Thess. iv. 3.
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city (of the new Jerusalem.) Rev. xxii. 14.
DEVOTIONAL EXERCISES, Founded on texts of Scripture, abridged
chiefly from Bp. Wilson.
Rev. iii. 17. Thou sayest, I am rich, and have need of nothing : and knowest not, that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.
This is the sad condition, to which, as sinners, we are subject; and it is thy mercy, O God, that any of us are sensible of it. Preserve me, I beseech thee, from that blindness, which would hinder me from seeing my own misery ; and from that pride, which would keep me from acknowledging it before thee, who alone can help me. O give me a true sense of the maladies I labor under, and help me, for thy mercies sake, and for the sake of Jesus my Redeemer.
Psal. li. 17. The sacrifice of God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart God will not despise.
But most unfit is mine to be to God pre
sented, until I have obtained his pardon for the many sins by which it has been defiled.
Jer. iii. 12, 13. I am merciful, saith the Lord ; and I will not keep anger forever :: only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God.
I do acknowledge my sin unto thee, O God; and mine iniquities will I not hide : I do therefore implore thy pardon, and plead thy gracious promise, with full purpose of heart, never again to return to folly.
Jer. xvii. 9. The heart is deceitful, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
I cannot indeed, answer for my own heart; but there is no word, O Lord, impossible with thee. In thee do I put my trust ; let me never be put to confusion.—Keep it ever in my heart, what an evil thing and bitter it will be to forsake the Lord.
1 John ii. 25. This is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
How infinitely good is God, to give us so great encouragement to save ourselves from