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Rom. xii. 5. 9, 10. 1 Cor. xii. 13. 25. 27. Mal. ii. 10. 1 Cor. x. 17.
Owe no man any thing: but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law, &c. It is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour.-Rom. xiii. 8-10. Gal. v. 13, 14.
Behold, I come as a thief: blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.-Rev. xvi. 15.
THE DUTY OF BELIEVERS, BRETHREN
SUCH, AND AS STANDING IN THAT
Prov. xviii. 24.
Love edifieth.-1 Cor. viii. 1. Though I speak with the tongues of men or angels, &c. have the gift of prophecy, &c. have all faith, &c. Bestow all my goods to feed the poor; and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing: charity suffereth long, &c. charity never faileth, &c.-1 Cor. xiii. 1-8. 13.
Follow after charity.-1 Cor. xiv. 1. Let all your things be done with charity.-1 Cor. xvi. 14.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, &c. for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. -Gal. iii. 28.
By love serve one another: for all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, &c. but the fruit of the Spirit is love, &c.-Gal. v. 13, 14. 22.
With long-suffering, forbearing one another in love.-Eph. iv. 2.
Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, &c.-Eph. v. 2.
I pray that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge, &c. Phil. i. 9.
Having the same love, &c. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.-Phil. ii. 2-4. 1 Cor. viii. 1. Gal. v. 13.
We give thanks, &c. since we heard, &c. of the love which ye have to all the saints.-Col.i. 3,4. Eph.i..15.
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love. Col. ii. 2.
Above all these things, put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Col. iii. 14.
The Lord make you to increase to brotherly kindness, charity.-2 Pet. and abound in love one towards i. 7. another.-1 Thess. iii. 12.
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now he that loveth his brother, abideth in the light.—1 John ii. 9-11.
Is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother: for this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, That we should love one another, &c. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren, &c. We ought to lay down our lives for the brethren: let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth. This is his commandment, That we should, &c. love one another.-1 John. iii. 10, 11. 14. 16. 18, 19. 23.
Let us love one another; for love is of God, and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love, &c. If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another, &c. If any man say he loveth God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar, &c. This commandment we have from him, That he who loveth God, love his brother also.-1 John iv. 7, 8. 11. 20, 21. 2 John 5. Levit. xix. 17, 18.
I have somewhat against thee, that thou hast left thy first love.-Rev. ii. 4.
SECT. II. We should sympathise with
each other in Pity and Compassion; help and comfort one another, and bear one another's Burdens. THE children of Israel, when they had in battle cut off the Benjamites (bemoaned them), they lift up their voices and wept sore; and said, O Lord God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel? &c. and it repented them for Benjamin their brother; and they said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day; how shall we do for wives for them? &c.- Judges xxi. 1-3, 6, 7. 12-16.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful.-2 Sam. xxii. 26. Ps. xviii. 25. Prov. xi. 17.
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, &c. Shew mercy and compassion every man to his brother, and oppress not the widow.-Zech. vii. 9, 10.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.-Matt. v. 7.
Come ye blessed, &c. I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat; was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and visited me; ye I was in prison, and ye came unto me, &c. Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.-Matt. xxv. 34-40.
Charity, &c. seeketh not her own. I-1 Cor. xiii. 4, 5.
Blessed be God, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us, &c. that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.— 2 Cor. i. 3, 4.
Who is weak, and I am not weak ? who is offended, and I burn not?— 2 Cor. xi. 29.
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.-Gal. vi. 2.
Whosoever shall give you a cup of cold water, &c. because ye belong to Christ, &c. he shall not lose his reward.-Mark ix. 41.
In the parable of the man who fell among the thieves: one looked upon the wounded man, and another did so: but a certain Samaritan saw him, had compassion on him, bound up his wounds, &c. He that shewed mercy was his neighbour. Go and do thou likewise.-Luke x. 30-37.
I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.Luke xxii. 32.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Rom. xii. 15, 16.
We then that are strong, ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.-Rom. xv. 1, 2. 1 Cor. viii. 1.
into one body, &c. that the members should have the same care one for another and whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it: or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now are ye the body of Christ, and members in particular.-1 Cor. xii. 13. 18.
25-27. Rom. xii. 5.
To the weak, became I as weak, that I might gain the weak, &c.1 Cor. ix. 22.
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth, &c. As I please all men.-1 Cor. x. 24. 33. Phil. ii. 4. By one Spirit we are all baptized
We are members one of another, &c. Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted.-Eph. iv. 25. 32.
Put on therefore (as the elect of God, holy and beloved) bowels of mercies, kindness, &c.-Col. iii. 12.
Remembering without ceasing, &c. your labour of love.-1 Thess. i 3.
Comfort the feebleminded, support the weak.-1 Thess. v. 14, iv. 18.
If she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, &c. 1 Tim. v. 10.
Ye endured a great fight of afflictions, &c. by reproaches and afflictions, and partly whilst ye became companions of them that were so used: for ye had compassion of me in my bonds.-Heb. x. 32-34.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.-Heb. xiii. 2, 3.
Pure religion, &c. is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.-James i. 27.
The discretion of a man deferreth his anger and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.-Prov. xix. 11.
give you but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, &c. Matt. vi. 14, 15.
Judge not, that ye be not judged, &c. Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out? &c.— Matt. vii. 1.3,4. Gen. xxxviii. 23, &c.
If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother, &c. Peter said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, until seven times, but until seventy times seven, &c. I forgave thee all that debt, &c. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? and his Lord was wrath, &c. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.-Matt. xviii. 15. 21, 22. 32-35.
The simple believeth every word, but the prudent man looketh well to his going, &c. He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly.-Prov. xiv. 15. 17.
A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips (a liar giveth ear to a naughty tongue), &c. He that covereth a transgression, seeketh love (or procureth-John vii. 24. love). Prov. xvii. 4. 9.
All that watch for iniquity are cut off: that make a man an offender for a word.-Isa. xxix. 20, 21.
Whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment.-Matt. v. 22-24.
If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also for
The disciples blamed the woman as wasting the ointment, but Christ justified her.-Matt. xxvi. 7, &c.
If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him: if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, &c. thou shalt forgive him.-Luke xvii. 3, 4.
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Joseph of Arimathea was a disciple, yet confessed not Christ openly, for fear.-John xix. 38, 39.
The believers of the circumcision rashly judged of Peter, and contended with him for eating with the Gentiles: but when Peter gave them an account of the cause, they held their peace, &c.-Acts xi. 1-4. 18.
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour.-Rom. xiii. 10.
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you,