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yOHciOlifowart his welfare: that 4ove iwhidtLmputeth no evil; entertains not hard thoughts. of.,your neighbour, charges him not with

unsubstantiated guilt, nor treasures up. unau* thorised suspicions against him? Have yoi£ thatlo.ve which rejoiceth not in iniquity^ but; rejoiceth in the truth; that love, which beholds with grief not merely the success, bu$ the very existence, of rapacity, of fraud, o£ malice, of slander, of every scheme and device of fin r the enemy of human happiness' present and future; that love, which exult*, in the triumph of righteousness, in the manifestation of innocence, in the establishment o£ truth; in every event which evinces oi corafirms the power of the gospel over the' hearts of men, and thus, while it redounds to the glory of God, ministers consolation ajvd strength to his servants? Have you that love, which beareth all things; that iovet which . bears.j with the infirmities, whether bodily- or mental, of others; dwells not upon Cfrorsjlooks not upon defects; covers, draws a^yeil over^-i'Vnvuititude of failings; and j when they are forced upon thy notice, leads thee Co behold them with tenderness and pity, :and without any diminution of that affection, J to which,' on other grounds, thy; relation, thy friend*, or thy companion, is ion entitled

wn^anj^o'hcrMkea with a fault, whisper* to tftfie^ ryrfiorc'such . an one invtbe spirit of meeknt/i.?.;s considering thyself left thou- also be tempted (m)? Have you that love,-which beiieyeth all things; not that credulous facility, »Juch turns away its ear from the lessons of .'[reason: and experience; not that blind <&ndj£>ur which calls. evil good, and confounds tfifcdistinction estahlilhed from everlasting to everlasting .between him who serveth God and hiur who serveth him not : but that love, which presupposes uprightness where it discerns riot evidence . of iniquity; listens withdelight to- any favourable interpretation of the- conduct of another; puts the kindest construction on such of his words or actions as -appear -ambiguous; and welcomes every circumstance which - tends to prove that he Ijasfiotrcommitted the offence ascribed to him, or that, if-he committed it, he has returned from the error of his ways? Have you tbatlove which hopeth all things ; that love which, where it cannot rationally believe that good exists, encourages itself to presume that it will exist ; is almost prepared, like Abraham j against hope to believe in hope; despairs asfi-jefthe- conversion of the sinner,

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nor slackens its labours to promote it?' Have you that love, which rendureth all things; that love, which is ready to sustain hardships, to encounter dangers, to stand the brunt of ridicule and scorn; if thus it may be enabled

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advancement of the temporal and eternal welfare of mankind If the attainment of this scriptural love of your neighbour be the objećt of your fervent wishes, of your continual supplications; then are you already under the teaching of the Spirit of God. If your dispositions and your condućt towards your neighbour correspond with these châ. raēteristics of Christian charity; then hath God empowered you by the Holy Ghost reverently to obey the command, Let Bin who loveth God, love his brother asso; then have you purified your soul in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unseigned love of the brethren (n). *

There yet remains one class of gifts of the Holy Spirit, which requires, even in this very imperfeót enumeration, briefly to be noticed: that class, namely, which respects the government of the sensual appetites. Among the - fruits of the Spirit expressly mentioned by St. * (n) 1 John, iv. 21. 1 Pet. i. 21.

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Paul in his Epistle to fhe-Galatians, we sind temperance {0). . Among the works of the fleshy which in the fame chapter he describes as opposed to th; fruits oftbt Jpirit; for the flesh histeth against the spirits and the spirit against theslcjh^AQjid. these- are- contrary the vne to the other; fins of impurity .stand foremost. This observation may be extended to-those portions of the Epistles to' the Epfcesians and to the Coloffians," in which he treats-.of the fame subject (i). - Purity,' therefore", in its largest import .and in its minittest-^abdivifions; pur rity of thought, of word-, and of deed, is. the gift of the. Holy,Ghost., Are you- abie tp prove that these fruits of "the-Spirit-are habitually brought forth and ripened in you ^ Are temperance and purity, distinguishing'virtues in your character? In proportion-.-as your mind abhors the opposite crimes, you--are under the teaching of the Spirit of God. If you are actually preserved from fulfilling the lufls of thefiejh; then have you decisive evidence that you "walk in the spirit. , Having placed before you these select examples of the proofs by which cordial acceptance and improvement of divine grace are to .,be ascertained; let me remark, in quitting

Co) Gal. v. 23; and fee the whole passage, 16 — 25. (j>) Ephes. v. 3—9. Col. iii 5-10.

this branch 6f the subject, . the' unecfiri vocal demonstrations by which St. Paul evinced-'thai his heart was under the effectual influence of the Holy Spirit. What repentance ao<T Itu^ milky, wh'at faith, what gratitude, what love towards God and our Saviour, breathe in the following expressions! / was a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious. I ain the leifl of the apostles, that am not. meet to be tailed an apq/lle; because I persecuted the church tf God. But by the grate of God J dm •vdhat I am. I thank Chrlsl Jesus our Lctrd -who hath enabled me. Christ Jesus came ijitotht world to save shiners, of "whom I am chief. For this cause I obtained mercy, that in me frst Christ Jesus might Jhew forth all longsuffering y for a pattern to them, which should hereafter believe ott him to life-everlasting. Now unto- theS King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wife God, be honour and glory for ever attd ever. Amen (q). When he learns. that ihe continuance of his thorn in the flesh will redound to the honour of his Lord; theinsirmity Which had so-.deeply grieved him in--ftantly becomes a tljeme of. rejoicing: Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ mayoress upon me. Therefore 1t ah e. pleasure in iiifirmi

- (?) I Cor. i. xv. 9, 10. 1 Tim. t. 12, 13. 15—17.

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