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man, if he ever thinks about God, must think of Him as a great, awful Being, Whom he has offended, Whose laws he has broken, Whose power he has defied; Who will one day bring him into judgment, punish him with a terrible punishment for all his provocations. There is no peace, saith my God, there can be no peace--for the wicked !

But let a man turn from his wickedness-let him cease provoking God- let him come to himself, as the prodigal did in the far country, and break away from his evil habits, and go back and throw himself, in penitence, upon God's great goodness. Let him cry but one sincere, heartfelt cry, "I have sinned; I am not worthy of the least of Thy mercies !”—let him have the courage to speak to God as to a Father, and he is already far on his road to peace. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy, long-suffering, and of great goodness. Like as a father pitieth his own children, even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear Him!

Bear it in mind, brethren; draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.

Remember that true peace, true rest, true deliverance from the fear of hell, is only to be found by the heart that is reconciled to God that has learnt to look upon God, not as an enemy and avenger, but as a Father - a God Whom we best describe when we say, that He is a God of Love !


And what ground have we for saying this, that God is a God of love? Every ground! But on this alone we may take our stand-on the ground of our redemption by Jesus Christ. God so loved the world that He sent his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.-Herein indeed was love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins! After this who shall dispute whether God is a God of love? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, shall He not also with Him freely give us all things ? Yes—even that great boon of which the text speaks-that peace of God which passeth all understanding !

To conclude: the peace of God that keeps the heart--that makes a man at ease, happy, full of a good hope--this peace, we have seen, is the result of prayer, and of holding fast to the belief that God is our Father, and that we are His adopted and reconciled children in Jesus Christ. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God !

We cannot have it in any other way. There is no peace, we have seen already, for the wicked; neither is there any peace for the man who, mistaking the true nature of God, seeks to make Him favourable by acts of penance and austerity giving the joys of life, as it were, a bribe for his transgression, afflicting his body for the sin of his soul.

out to you.

I do not think we shall ever attain peace by that plan: because when we have given all, and suffered all things, that all is as nothing to take away the guilt of sin.

It costs more, infinitely more, to redeem the soul. A better course is surely that which I have endeavoured to point

The true road to peace lies in a thankful acceptance of what God has done for us, and in a ready acknowledgment of Him as He has been pleased to reveal Himself to us in the Gospel. The true road to peace lies in regarding God as our Father-more ready to give than we to seek His gift of pardon--and in going to Him for that pardon continually-going to Him through the one door of approach He has opened to us, in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him!




1 Cor. xiii. 13.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the

greatest of these is charity.

We have read again in the Epistle for this Sunday, St. Paul's famous description of charity. And certainly no chapter in the Bible deserves to be read and studied more frequently by us all, than this 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians -no chapter is more rich in matter for our edification—no chapter embodies in a few words, so much of the essence of our Master's Gospel.

Let us look at it together, brethren, and may the consideration of it be blessed to our good ! may it help to advance us a little further in the way we ought to go-the way in which our Lord went before us—which way is, charity out of a pure heart and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.

And, first, consider what St. Paul says of the absence of charity. It makes void, of no worth, all other excellencies. A man may be learned, a great scholar, a great preacher, and teacher of others—a man may have a quick insight into religious truths, and know all about religious doctrines — yes, and feel the beauty of the divine precepts, and seek himself to follow them— be a man of faith and holiness; and yet, because he is without charity, be as nothing! Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing !

Surely these words deserve to be pondered very deeply! They tell us that no height of faith to which we may attain will avail to save ris, except we be rooted and grounded in charity.

But what follows is yet more startling. We commonly think, that if a man gives freely of his goods to others, he is entitled to be called charitable. And so he is, if he gives in a right spirit, out of an honest and kind heart. But not otherwise; for what says St. Paul?- Though I bestow all

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