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turn friends into enemies, and provoke strife, hatred, heartburnings, wherever we go, and cut off from ourselves one of the chief sources of happiness, and goodness, and usefulness. But we may also make the best of one another. We may forgive, even as we hope to be forgiven. We may put ourselves in the place of others, and ask what we should wish to be done to us, and thought of us, were we in their place. By fixing our attention on their good qualities, we shall rise to their level as surely as, by fixing our attention on their bad qualities, we shall sink below their level. By loving whatever is loveable in those around us, love will flow back from them to us, and life will become a pleasure instead of a pain; and earth will become like Heaven; and we, if God so please, shall become not unworthy followers of Him whose name is Love, and of St. John, His beloved disciple.

SERMON XII.

S. PAUL IN EUROPE.

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SERMON XII.

S. PAUL IN EUROPE.

PREACHED ON BOARD H.M.S. 'OSBORNE, JUNE 1, OFF THE COAST OF

GREECE ON THE WAY FROM ATHENS TO MALTA.

1 Cor. xv. 8, 9, 10.

Last of all, he was seen of me also ... that am not meet to be called an Apostle . . . But by the grace of God I am what

I laboured more abundantly than they all; yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

I am .

WHE

HEN I last addressed you, we had just trodden

in the footsteps of the Apostle S. John. We have since entered on the sphere of another Apostle the last whose history we shall be able to trace in this journey—the Apostle S. Paul. He- unlike most of the Apostles, who clung to their native East crossed from Asia to Europe; and for many years of his life these seas, these islands, these shores were full of his deeds and of his writings. He stood and spoke on the rocky steps of Mars' Hill, at Athens. His Epistles to the Corinthian Church were addressed in fact to the whole of Greece, of which Corinth then, as Athens now, was the capital. He traversed the Mediterranean to and fro; four times on these waters he suffered shipwreck — a night and a day on these waves he was in the deep. On our own island of

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