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Means for rulers to become exemplary

October 30, 2016

 

Remember that you must be examples of holiness to the people; and shun all those sins which you would have them shun, and be eminent in all those virtues which you would commend unto them.

The chief means for rulers to become thus holy and exemplary is,

1. To hearken to the doctrine and counsel of the word of the Lord, and to meditate in it day and night. And to have faithful, holy, and self-denying teachers.

To beware of the company and counsels of the wicked. “Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.”

3. To watch most carefully against the special temptations of their great places, especially against sensuality and pride, and preferring their own honour, and interest, and will, before the honour, and interest, and will of Jesus Christ. “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning; blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness.” “It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness; for the throne is established by righteousness.”

4. To remember always the end of holiness. How sure a way it is to glory hereafter, and to leave a sweet and glorious name and memorial upon earth; when wickedness is the certain way to shame on earth, and misery for ever.

 

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 20–21.

 

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