Imatges de pÓgina

all the reproaches that he could endure. We love God because he first loved us, and it is vain for us to say that we love God whom we have not seen, if we do not love the brethren whom we have seen ; and if we love them, we will not, without the sin, cerest grief, behold them walking in ways that lead to perdition. Beloved, if God so loved us, will we not love one another? If he hath redeemed us from the lowest hell, nothing will give us greater delight than to pluck our fellow ginners out of the fire of divine wrath. If Christ endured such an. guish, and bore the curse of God for our deliverance, will any thing appear to us too grievous to be endured for the sake of precious souls, who must be happy or miserable forever.

Finally, let us constantly depend on Jesus Christ for all needful supplies of grace and wisdom. It is his grace that must quicken us in his way, and animate us with zeal for the salvation of sinners. We must receive that wisdom from him that is absolutely necessary for winning souls. To ev. ery one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ, and he will not withhold that grace from them that trust in him, which is necessary for any

of the services which he requires. Did he give his own blood for the salvation of souls, and

will he withhold his help from those whose prevailing desire it is to promote that work in which he so greatly delights ? “ It hath pleased the Father, that in him should all fulness dwell, that out of his fulness we may receive, and grace for grace.”



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