BY EDWARD GARBETT, M.A.,'' But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, pray-ing in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking forthe mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." JUDE 20, 21.THE mode in which warning is mixed up with- promise in the word, and the revelation of God'struth and justice blended with that of His tendernessand love, ought to excite our warmest praise andadoration. We shall much mistake the fact, if wesuppose that these severer parts of the Divine cha-racter are intended for the unbeliever alone, or merelyto arouse, by the terror of the Lord, the slumberingconscience from its dangerous repose. They do work these effects, indeed, but they are likewise neededfor us all, and are closely united to the sweetest joysand most assured peace of the devout saint of Christ.The revelation of them is needed to complete ourknowledge of the character of God, and to set Himbefore the soul in all the perfections of His Divinenature. For this purpose we must see Him as He is,not in one alone, but in all His attributes. It is mostcertain that if God were such as the world woulddescribe Him to be, all tenderness alone without anyother qualities, it would be impossible for the soul topay Him either reverence or love.Measure this, as we can more easily do, in regard306 THE SOUL'S LIFE.to one of our fellow-men. Suppose a man, whosecharacter consisted of yielding gentleness alone, in-capable of forming an independent will or of adheringto that will ; unable to feel indignation against whatis wrong, or to distinguish in his mode of treatmentbetween good and evil; but exercising to all alike,and under all circumstances, the same undistinguish-ing good- will ; and would not such a character appearto us as a mass of weakness, which we should despiseand scorn ? Yet just such we should suppose God tobe, if we describe Him as all love and mercy, andtake away from Him His holiness, truth, and justice.Such a God we could not reverence, and withoutreverence we could not love. The knowledge of theseverer parts of God's character is, therefore, neededto illustrate to us by contrast the glorious beauty of the rest, and to present His kindness, not merely asan unalterable habitude of the Divine mind, but as afree exercise of His will.