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FASTING. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
(1 Cor. ii. 5. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith ; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to com. prehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
(Ephes. iii. 17-19. Unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. [Heb. iv. 2. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto
ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
(Math. xxi. 21. What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 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 ? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works; shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead ?
[James, ii. 14-20. Jesus said, I am the resurrection, and the life : be that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
(John, xi. 25. FASTING Moreover, when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, aroint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear pot unto men to fast, but upto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
[Matt. vi. 16-18. For one believeth that he may eat all things : ano. FLATTERY-FOOD-FORBEARANCE. 27 ther, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth : for God hath received him.
[Rom. xiv. 2, 3. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself : but to him that es. teemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
(Rom. xiv. 14. FLATTERY. The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things; who have said, With our tongne will we prevail; our lips are our own : who is lord over us?
(Psalm, xii. 3, 4. He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
[Prov. xxviii. 23. He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
[Job, xvii. 5. A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
(Prov. xxix. 5. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud : under his tongue is mischief and vanity. [Ps. x. 7.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you ; even as the green herb have I given you all things: but flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
(Gen. ix. 3, 4.
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. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning; that we, through patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like. minded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus ; 28
FORGETFULNESS TO GOD. that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.
(Rom. xv. 1-7.
FORGETFULNESS TO GOD. Beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bond. age. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you : lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth. Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God.
[Deut. vi, 12-16. Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day : Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly hou. ses, and dwelt therein ; and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied ; then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; who fed the in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not; that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; and thou say in thine heart, My power, and the might of mine hand, hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God; for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his cove. napt which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day, that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroyed before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the Lord your God.
(Deut. viii, 11-20.
FORGIVENESS OF INJURIES.
FORGIVENESS. Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. (Luke, vi. 37.
For 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.
(Matth. vi. 14-15, S obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abun. dant, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
(1 Tim. i. 13-15, 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. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant there. fore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow.servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fel. low servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee / And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if
FORGIVENESS. ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.
(Matth. xviii, 21, to the end of chapter, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you ; Bless them that curse yon, and pray for them which de. spitefully use you.
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for singers also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again ; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the
children of the Highest : for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condeinn not, and ye shall not be condemned : forgive, and ye shall be for. given : Give, and it shall be given unto you: good mea. sure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be measured to you again.
(Luke, vi. 27-38. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth : but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee; and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thon away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy: but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven :