ow we all, I trust, hold God to be supremely good.We ascribe to Him, in perfection, every kind of goodnessof which we can conceive in man. We say God is just \God is truthful ; God is pure \ God is bountiful ; God ismerciful ; and, in one word, God is Love.God is Love. But if we say that, do we not say thatGod is good with a fresh form of goodness, which is not justice, nor truthfulness, nor purity, bounty, nor mercy,though without them— never forget that — it cannot exist?And is not that fresh goodness, which we have notdefined yet, the very kind of goodness which we prizemost in human beings? The very kind of goodnesswhich makes us prize and admire love, because withoutit there is no true love, no love worth calling by thatsacred and heavenly name ? And what is that ?What — save self-sacrifice? For what is the loveworth which does not shew itself in action ; and more,which does not shew itself in Passion, in the true senseof that word, which this week teaches us : namely, insuffering? ot merely in acting for, but in daring, instruggling, in grieving, in agonizing, and, if need be,in dying for, the object of its love ?Every mother in this church will give but one answerto that question ; for mothers give it among the veryanimals ; and the deer who fights for her fawn, the birdwho toils for her nestlings, the spider who will rather diethan drop her bag of eggs, know at least that love isnot worth calling love, unless it can dare and suffer forthe thing it loves. The most gracious of all virtues,therefore, is self-sacrifice ; and is there no like grace in1 6 THE PERFECT LOVE. [serm.