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commandments are not grievous.” 1 John v. 3.
« We love him because he first loved us." 1 John iv. 19.
“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 21.
• He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him.” John xiv. 21.
“ Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee." John xxi. 17.
" I the Lord thy God am a jealous God ;-showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Exod. xx. 5, 6.
“ Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him ;
swer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour
“Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.” Psalm cxix. 132.
" He hath chosen us in him (i. e., Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." Eph. i. 4.
“ Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love.-Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of
judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear; because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect to love."! 1 John iv. 7, 8, 17, 18.
6 Whom having not seen ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” i Peter i. 8
A PRAYER, WITH REFERENCE TO THE GRACES
O Lord God, who searchest the heart, and knowest the secret thoughts and feelings of my soul, enable me to discover, by the light of thy word and the aids of the Holy Spirit, my true state and condition in thy sight. I would judge myself
impartially, and dread self-deception. Let the great evil of my nature be disclosed, that I may know how ruined and helpless I am. Do I, O Lord, feel sin to be a heavy burden pressing my soul down to death? Do I regard it as rebellion against thee, for which I might justly be cast into hell ? Do I mourn over it as an evil and bitter thing, which has defiled my soul and offended my Saviour ? Surely I have sinned against thee, in numberless instances, in thought, word, and deed; but do I now sincerely repent, and with contrition of heart confess my sins before thee? Do I hate sin for its own sake, and heartily renounce it, not merely because it exposes my soul to punishment, but because it is hate
ful in its own nature, and is the ob*ject of thine abhorrence ? O holy
and omniscient God, help me to determine whether I have that repentance, which needeth not to be repented of; and can from deep conviction of my sinfulness say, “ God, be merciful to me a sinner !”
In the exercise of that faith, which thy Holy Spirit produces in the hearts of believers, have I fled for refuge to Jesus, as my only hope and Saviour? Do I utterly renounce all expectation of heaven from my own imperfect doings; and repose niy soul on the perfect righteousness of Christ for justification, and on his prevailing intercession for acceptance with thee? O Lord God, thou hast graciously said, that he that believeth shall be saved. Have I a genuine faith, a faith that lays hold of the promise, which purifies my heart, overcomes the world, and ena