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had preached to them nearly fifty years, and it seemed to him they had grown worse and worse. What other consequences could he have expected from such a doctrine ? It was time for him to change his treatment. If a physician had been in the habit of administering a certain medicine for fifty years, and everybody to whom he had given it had died, we should think him a very dull scholar in the school of experience, if he had not learned to try some other remedy. If we desire to produce love in the human soul, it must be done by shedding abroad the love of God. Dr. Watts has beautifully said :

“ Come, holy spirit, heavenly dove,

With all thy quickening powers:
Kindle a flame of sacred love,

In these cold hearts of ours.”

Cold hearts, indeed! Where shall we get a spark with which to kindle the flame? When we go to the hearth, in the morning, and find everything cold, - not a coal, not a spark, what do we do? We cannot kindle, without a borrowed flame. We may have an abundance of ignitible material; but if we have not a spark, how shall we begin? How shall we kindle a

fire of love in the sinner's heart? Ah! I see. Hear another verse of that beautiful hymn:

“ Come, holy spirit, heavenly dove,

With all thy quickening powers ,
Come, shed abroad a Saviour's lovė,

And THAT shall kindle ours.”

If there were any mystery, it is now solved. The love of Jesus, shed abroad in our hearts, wll create love within us. We do not need the fire of hell to make us love God; it never can produce such an effect. The fire of hell is the fire of rancor and hate; and it cannot produce love. We need a purifying coal from the altar of God, - such as was applied to the prophet's lips, which took his iniquity away, and purged his sin. This is the fire of heaven, — the fire of love :

“In our cold hearts, O strike a spark !

Of that pure flame which seraphs feel;
Nor let us wander in the dark,
Or lie benumbed and stupid still.
Come, vivifying spirit, come,
And make our hearts thy constant home.”

Love is the essence of all pure religion, — love to God, and love to man. The first, and great

commandment is, “ Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart; and the second is like unto it, viz., Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” There can be no pure religion without it; no grace of the spirit, no approbation of God. But we must be very careful, that we obey the second commandment as well as the first. Young Christians are sometimes quite ready to say they love God, as though they might say this, with great propriety, if they thought of nothing else they might say as a proof of their advancement in the Christian life. Sometimes, at religious meetings, when the clergyman urges the young, with great earnestness, to rise and speak of their experience in religious things, they will say, have not much to offer, but I think I can say, I love God ; " as if this might be said with less reflection than anything else. Now, in truth, there is nothing that requires greater heartsearching than the inquiry, Do we love God ? And before we answer that question affirmatively, let us be sure we love our fellow-men; for God will sooner excuse us for neglecting to love Him, than for neglecting to love one another. Hear the opinion of the eminent Apostle John,

in this matter : “ If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar; for he that loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, how can he love God, whom he hath not seen ?” 1 John iv. 20. “ This commandment have we from Him, that he who loveth God, love his brother also.” There is great force and beauty in the parable, so beautifully paraphrased by Leigh Hunt:

“Abon Ben Adem, (may his tribe increase,)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw within the moonlight of his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily bloom,
An angel writing in a book of gold.
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adem bold;
And to the presence in the room he said,
• What writest thou ?' The vision raised its head,
And with a look made all of sweet accord,
Replied, the names of those who love the Lord.' »

That was what he wrote, “ The names of those who love the Lord."

" And is mine one,” said Abon. “ Nay, not so,"
Replied the angel; Abon spoke more low,
But cheerfully, and said, “ I pray thee then,
Write mine as one that loves his fellow men."

If he could not have his name go down in that golden book as that of a man who loved God, he sought the next rank, viz: to have it go down " as one that loves his fellow men."

The angel wrote—and vanished! The next night,
He came again, with a great wakening light;
And showed the names whom love of God had blest,
And lo! BEN ADEM'S NAME LED ALL THE REST.”

Fourth. We come now to the fourth particular in which charity is greater than faith, or hope, and this is the last that we shall name-It is of endless duration. Faith and hope belong to earth, but will not exist in heaven. Charity shall live in heaven, and shall never die.

That high Christian virtue abides now on the earth with faith and hope; but faith and hope will not abide in heaven with charity. In the presence of the Infinite One, faith shall be lost in sight, hope shall be swallowed up in fruition; but charity shall shine with more than terrestrial glory.

“ The morning star is lost in light;
Faith vanishes at perfect sight;
The rainbow passes with the storm,
And hope with sorrow's fading form:
But charity, serene, sublime,
Beyond the reach of death and time,
Like the blue sky's all-bounding space,
Holds heaven and earth in its embrace.”

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