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John Winthrop, A Modell of Christian Charity, 1630
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Winthrop, John, 1588-1649
When Elisha comes to the widowe of Sareptah and finds her prepareing to make ready her pittance for herselfe and family, he bids her first provide for him, he challenges first gods parte which shee must first give before shee must serve her owne family, all these teache us that the lord lookes that when hee is pleased to call for his right in any thing wee have, our owne interest wee have must stand aside till his turne be served, for the other wee need looke no further then to that of John 1. he whoe hath this worlds goodes and seeth his brother to neede, and shutts upp his Compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of god in him, which comes punctually to this Conclusion: if thy brother be in want and thou canst help him, thou needst not make doubt, what thou shouldst doe; if thou lovest god thou must help him. Quest:
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