Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants.…
Let us consider the nature of our debt.
I. To GOD. Pay the debt of
(3) Fear; for He is Lord of all.
II. To OURSELVES. Pay thy debt of(1) Love; we ought to love ourselves since God loves us, and we ought to obey the commandment of love — to love ourselves; not in and for ourselves, but as in and belonging to God.
(2) Care; we ought to guard and preserve ourselves from dangers ghostly and bodily. Hence the gift of reason to defend and protect the course of life.
(3) Salvation (Philippians 2:12; Ecclesiastes 9:10).
III. To our NEIGHBOUR. Pay thy debt of(1) Love (Matthew 19:19), dealing with him as with thyself.
(2) Instruction; if he wander, seek to lead him back into the paths of righteousness (Matthew 18:15; James 5:20).
(3) Help and succour (1 John 3:17, 18; Isaiah 53:7). Epilogue.
1. Husband and discipline every resource.
2. Strive and pray honestly to meet this triple debt.
(From the Latin.)What contrasts are here!
I. God, the King of kings, towards a servant; and again, a servant towards his fellow-servant.
II. An infinite debt, and again, a small debt.
III. Impossibility and inability; and again, possibility and ability.
IV. Compassion and kindness; and again, hardheartedness and cruel behaviour.
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