unwillingly. God does not desire to be served servilely by man, as a master, but to beloved as a father, for that He has given theSpirit of Adoption to men."This is called the " law of liberty " by theApostles. In one sense, it is, no doubt, farmore lax than that of the Old Testament,which, therefore, they call " the law of bondage ;" but in another it is far more stringent.The one binds the body, the other the soul,heart, and mind. The law of bondage says," Thou shalt have none other gods but Me."The law of liberty, relaxing the letter of thatcommandment, renders it impossible for manto put it aside, by substituting for it, " Thoushalt love the Lord thy God." The law of bondage commands us to do no murder. Thelaw of liberty, by telling us to " love ourneighbour as ourselves," even while it makesus the judges of our own motives, and themeasurers of our own deeds, makes it alsoTHE RICHES OF GRACE. 343impossible for the man who loves himself tohate his neighbour.The law of liberty, while it treats us creatures endowed by God with reasoning faculties, and not " as horse and mule, which haveno understanding, whose mouths must beheld by bit and bridle," has in reality addedto our duties, not diminished from them ; forto everything that we had before, it hasadded responsibility. He who is commandednot to murder, and not to steal, and not tobear false witness, and not to covet, has simply to abstain from murder, and to keep hishands from picking and stealing, and histongue from evil speaking, lying, and slandering. But when that same man is told to doto others as he would they should do to him,then he has to weigh his own duties, to sethimself his own tasks, and to measure by hisown measure his own performance of them.Of course by stealing he determines his ownrestitution, and by murder his own punishment; but the system of liberty and self-legislation goes far beyond this. If a mancovets his neighbour s house and lands, I donot see how he can escape without giving himhis own house and lands. If he exacts all hisneighbour s time in attendance upon him andhis selfishness, he must, by his own rule.