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no occasion can be found, by which it may give full proof of it's activity and ardour,
When we are touched with this fentiment, we shall no longer complain of hardships in religion; nor want to know, how near we may approach with safety toward the violation of a commandment. But how much foever we do, we shall never think we have done, or can do enough; but shall be always pressing forward, and aspiring to more, and still higher expressions of affection and gratitude.
Obstructions will but increase our ardour : as a strong flame is made more fierce, by the same wind which extinguisheth a small one.
Cant. viii. Love is Arong as death. Many waters
cannot quench love; neither can the floods drown it. If a man would give all the
fubftance substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
Riches cannot purchase love ; but love inspires it. The highest instance of affection is the love of enemies, That of Jesus Christ to men. Reflect upon this love; set it before your eyes; desire at least to be sensible of it, and to feel kindling in your own heart, a return for that infinite affection; We love him, be- 1 John iv. cause he first loved us.
Cherish this spark, by fobriety and virtue, by meditation and self denial; and especially by acts of charity, and compassion, and forgiveness to mankind, to the least, and lowest, and worst: till the love of God be perfeeted in
1 John ii. you, and that birth finished, by which 2 Cor. v. you will become a new creature; as the Scripture faith, Every one that loveth is 1 John iv. born of God.
Then will you rely on your Father's Rom. viii. care, and exult in his affection. If God 31, 32.
be for us, who can be against us? He that Spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all; how shall he not with him of freely give us all things?