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6. Does the conduct of children affect the happiness of their parents?
A wise son maketh a glad father, but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. (10 Pr. 1.)
7. Did Christ display an example of obedience to his mother, and Joseph?
He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. (2 Lk. 51.)
8. When Christ was dying on the cross how did he manifest his tender care for his mother?
When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son. Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother. And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. (19 Jn. 26, 27.)
9. Does Christ claim more from us than even our parents?
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. (10 Mt. 37.)
10. How does St. Paul command obedience to parents?
Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor thy father and mother, which is the first commandment, with promise, that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (6 Eph. 1, 2, 3.)
11. Does God approve of obedient children?
Children obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. (3 Col. 20.)
XXXIII. DUTIES OF BROTHERS, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBOURS.
Commands to-Love, a test of character-Manner of performing duty-Advantages of.
1. Are we forbidden to hate our brethren?
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart. (19 Lev. 17.) 2. In our dealings are we required to guard against oppressing each other?
If thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour's hand, ye shall not oppress one another. (25 Lev. 14.)
3. What is our duty to a brother in distress?
If thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee, then thou shalt relieve him. (25 Lev. 35.)
4. What command did God give by Zechariah?
Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother.-Let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. (7 Zech. 9, 10.)
5. Will God punish those who are unforgiving to
And his Lord was wrath, and delivered him to the tormentors. So likewise shall my heavenly father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (18 Mt. 34, 35.)
6. How does the Apostle enjoin brotherly love?
As touching brotherly love, ye have no need that I write unto you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. (I. Thess. 4. 9.)
Let brotherly love continue. (13 Heb. 1.)
7. How did Cain wickedly express himself as to his brother?
Am I my brother's keeper? (4 Gen. 9.)
8. Are we warned against imitating Cain's awful example?
Whosoever doeth not righteousness 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: not as Cain, who was of that wicked one and slew his brother; and wherefore slew he him? Because his own deeds were evil, and his brother's righteous. (I. Jn. 3. 10, 11, 12.)
9. What is the awful state of him who hates his brother?
He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in darkness. He that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (I. Jn, 2. 9, 11.)
10. Does love to the brethren afford a test of our own characters?
We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth
in death. (I. Jn. 3. 14.)
11. How must friendship be manifested?
A man that hath friends must show himself friendly, and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (18 Pr. 24.)
12. What benefits arise from friendship?
Iron sharpeneth iron, so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. (27 Pr. 17.)
13. Is real Christian kindness manifested in the conduct as well as in the profession?
If a brother or sister be naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled, notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body, what doth it profit? (2 Jas. 15, 16.) 14. Does true friendship continue in adversity?
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. (17 Pr. 17.)
15. How does the Psalmist praise brotherly love?
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (133 P. 1.)
XXXIV. DUTIES TO KINGS, TO MASTERS, AND ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY.
Commands to-Reasons of—Manner of performing.
1. Are we all commanded to be subject to the higher powers?
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.-Render, therefore, to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor. (13 Ro. 1, 7.)
2. Is submission to Kings and Governors a duty?
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord's sake, whether it be to the King as supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. (I. Pet. 2. 1, 3, 14.)
3. What comprehensive exhortation does St. Peter give?
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the King. (I. Pet. 2. 17.)
4. Are we told to avoid those who are given to change?
My son, fear thou the Lord and the King, and meddle not with them that are given to change. (24 Pr. 21.)