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34. What did Christ say as to clothing?
Consider the lilies, how they grow : they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to-day in the field, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith. (12 Lk. 27, 28.)
35. How are we exhorted not to be puffed up against others 2
That no one of you be puffed up one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it. (I. Cor. 4.6, 7) –
36. Are we required to submit to each other?
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. (5 Eph. 21.)
37. How are we to esteem others as compared with ourselves?
Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory s but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (2 Phi. 3.)
XVIII. MEEKNESS.–FORGIVENESS.— PATIENCE.-PERSEVERANCE.
MEEKNEss. Blessings of:-Christ exhorts to, and exhibits erample of— To be manifested universally and eminently. Forgiveness. Our duty—God will not forgive the unforgiving—Christ’s dying prayer of forgiveness. PATIENCE. Evamples of Duty enforced even when we are ill used—Universal obligation of PERSEveRANCE. Promises encourage—Christ and his
Apostles enforce by precept and example-Incentives to the duty.
1. How has God promised to bless the meek 2
The meek will he guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach his way. (25 P.9)
He will beautify the meek with salvation. (149 P.4)
2. Did Christ bring good tidings to the meek?
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek. (61 Is. 1.)
3. How did Christ bless them?
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (5 Mt. 5)
4. Did Christ exhort his disciples to learn meekness from his own erample?
Come unto me, all ye that labour, and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find
rest unto your souls: for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (11 Mt. 28 to 30.)
5. Did the Apostle refer to this excellence of Christ as a powerful motive to duty?
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ. (II. Cor. 10. I.)
6. How are we to erhibit this spirit one towards another?
With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (4 Eph. 2, 3.)
7. Did St. Paul recommend this grace to the youthful Timothy 2
Flee also youthful lusts; but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace—The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves. (II. Tim.2.22,24,25.)
8. What are we to follow after?
Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (I. Tim. 6. 11.) -
9. In what manner are we commanded to beg forgiveness of God?
Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. (6Mt. 12.)
10. What comment does Christ make on this petition?
If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (6 Mt. 14, 15.)
11. What was the answer which Christ gave to Peter's question, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me? till seven times?” (18 Mt. 21.)
I say not unto thee, Until seven times, but until seventy times seven. (18 Mt. 22.)
12. What conduct are we to pursue to a brother or friend who offends us?
If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent, thou shalt forgive him. (17 Lk, 3, 4)
13. What was Christ's dying prayer for his enemies?
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (23 Lk. 34.)
14. What did Eli say when his afflictions were foretold by God?
It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good. (I. Sam. 3. 18.)
15. How did Job express his patience in deep affliction?
The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. (1 Job, 21.)
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? (2 Job, 10.)
16. How does St. James refer to the example of Job and the prophets?
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (5 Jas. 10, 11.)
17. Does he further enforce the duty of patience
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord, Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he . receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth migh. (5 Jas. 7, 8.)
18. Are we to erercise this duty, even when we are suf. fering for good conduct? If, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God; for even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow his steps. (I. Pet. 2.20, 21.) 19. Is patience very beneficial and necessary? Ye have need of patience, that after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (10 Heb, 36.) It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. (3 Lam. 26.)
b 20. Are we required to be followers of the saints now in
liss 2 Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith
and patience inherit the promises. (6 Heb. 12.)
21. Are we to fulfil these duties in all our social relations, and at all times?
Comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (I. Thes. 5.14, 15.)
22. What promise encourages perseverance?
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord. (6 Hos. 3.) *
23. How did Christ enforce this duty?
No man having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. (9 Lk. 62.) Continue ye in my love. (15 Jn. 9.)
24. How does the Apostle refer to his determined perseterance?
This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (3 Phi. 13, 14.)
25. How did the Apostle stimulate the Hebrews?
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God: for consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied, and faint in your minds. (12 Heb. 1,2,3.)
26. What advice does st. Paul give to Timothy?
Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned, and hast been assured of. (IJ. Tim. 3. 14.)