“Counsels of the Aged to the Young” – XI. Faithful in Duties


11. Be faithful and conscientious in the discharge of all duties which arise out of the relations which you sustain to others. Relative duties’ are far more numerous than all others, because the occasions requiring their performance are constantly occurring. The duties of parents, of children, of brothers and sisters, of neighbors, of masters and servants, of teachers and pupils, of magistrates and citizens, of the learned professions, of trade, of the rich and the poor—occupy a very large portion of the time and attention of every man. And these furnish the proper test of character. “He who is faithful in little—is faithful also in much.” (Luke 16:10) And he who is not attentive to the daily recurring duties of his station—in vain claims the reputation of virtue or piety by splendid acts of public beneficence. “Though I give all my goods to feed the poor, and have not love—it profits me nothing.” (1 Cor 13:3)

– Archibald Alexander; Counsels of the Aged to the Young (See here for more info)

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