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Good Words 1860
"Herein is Love"


When we look around on God's works and see the laws by which they are regulated, the adaptation of part to part, the traces of design and exquisite workmanship everywhere visible, and how a presiding Spirit overrules the endless train of events, bringing light out of darkness, order out of confusion, good out of evil, we may well exclaim, Herein is wisdom. When we survey the vast masses that roll in space, giving light and heat in their appointed places at the appointed seasons, the mighty influences at work in nature, the thunders and lightnings, storms and winds, before which human power sinks into insignificance, and how these are ruled, as easily as the intention guides the hand, by that voice which says to the roaring sea, "Hitherto shalt thou come and no further, and here shall thy proud waves be stayed," we may well exclaim, Herein is power.* When we see the happy tendencies of things — how the same heaven bends over all — how all the creatures are made to minister to man's enjoyment —and how the wants of every living thing are satisfied by the exuberance of each returning year, and all this in the face of aggravated and unnumbered sins, we may well exclaim, Herein is goodness. When we travel in thought to that dark land where hope and opportunity are for ever at an end, where death reigns in its most appalling forms, and nought is heard but the cries of tormented out-easts, and when we think that, throughout ages. innumerable as the drops of rain, there will be no abatement of their sorrow and no dawn of hope on their despair, we may well exclaim, Herein is justice. When we contemplate that heaven where God sits in the midst of a rejoicing family—"a multitude which none can number, out of all tribes, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues, and nations,"—where all is light and love, and into whose pure transparencies "there shall in no wise enter any thing that defileth, or that worketh abomination, or that loveth or maketh a lie, but only they whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life," we may well exclaim, Herein is holiness. But it is when we turn to-Calvary, and look at the Sufferer who there poured out His soul unto the death, amid tears, and agonies, and cries, and think that there the Son-of God, himself the King eternal, immortal, and invisible, became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, so that all the perfections of the Godhead were at once displayed and gloriously vindicated, that mercy and truth met together, righteousness and peace kissed each other, it is then we reach the climax of the song, and say, "Herein is love,—not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." Calvary is one blaze of love.


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