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A special , or personal one , which is directed to certain orders of Christians ,
namely , to wives and husbands , children and parents , servants and masters ;
from the 18th verse to the end of the Chapter . The general exhortation is
Original sin hath its origin , neither from God our Creator , nor from the principles
of our pure and upright nature , but from the voluntary sin of our first parents .
Hence our members are called parts of it , i . e . of the old Adam , propagated to
... charity also , which is the root , parent , and mistress , as well of these , as of all
other virtues . This verse has two parts : the exhortation to put on charity ; and the
commendation of charity , which contains the force of an argument for putting it ...
Hence also we see the reason why the before - mentioned virtues , mercy ,
humility , meekness , long - suffering , and others , appear so seldom in common
life ; namely , because their parent charity has perished , as it is said in Matt . xxiv
... the duty of teaching privately out of charity , is incuinbent upon every private
person , to whom the faculty and the occasion is granted of edifying others in faith
and religion . Thus parents are bound to teach their children , Deut . xi . 19 ; Psal .
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