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LOVE TO GOD.

LOVE TO GOD.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


Mark xii. 30.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
strength.
BY HENRY KOLLOCK, D. D,


Mark xii. 30.

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
strength.

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LOVE TO GOD.BY HERY KOLLOCK, D. D,Mark xii. 30.Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, andwith all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thystrength.Such, according to the declaration of our blessedRedeemer, is " the first and great commandment."The indispensable necessity of complying with itcannot for a moment be doubted by a reasonableman or a Christian. It is the compendium of all ourduty; it is the object for the attainment of whichboth the law and the gospel are designed ; it is atonce " the old, the new, and the great command-ment, and all the commandments, since it is, accord-ing to St. Paul, the fulfilling of the law." It is the374 SERMO Cllt.vital principle of every Christian grace and virtue; it islove, beholding the combination of all that is greatand glorious in God, which inspires holy venerationand reverence ; it is love, considering his mercies andpromises, that prompts the ardent tribute of grati-tude ; it is love, that leaning on the arm, and glory-ing in the goodness and pledged protection of thegreatest and best of beings, inspires confidence andtrust in the midst of dangers ; it is love, that in ad-versity creates resignation; without it there couldbe only a servile and constrained submission ; butlove smooths the brow of affliction, puts God in theplace of the friends or the comforts we have lost,,quiets all our griefs and our cares, and is contented
 
with the portion that our Father has assigned us ;it is love, that, regarding the excellence of the MostBountiful and Most Gracious, causes the tears of godly sorroiv and evangelical repentance to flow forour offences against him.It is also the soul and the spring of obedience. osacrifice can be acceptable that is not kindled bythis heavenly fire ; no offering is pure that is notpreserved by this holy salt ; no action is agreeableto God that does not flow from this principle rootedin the heart ; no obedience is sweet and constantthat has any other source ; for though fear may im-pel to the performance of some duties and hope toothers, yet love alone can steadily and cheerfullyinfluence the soul. However splendid may be ouracts, however self-denying our performances, with-out love to inspire them, they are only a beautifulcarcass without any animating principle; the be-stowal of all our goods to feed the poor, the submis-sion to all the tortures of martyrdom, without love.-ays the apostlp. would " profit us nothing/"MISCELLAEOUS. 375Without love to God it is as impossible, from thenature of things, as from the appointment of theLord, that we could enjoy the felicity of heaven.Even if the justice and holiness of the Eternal hadnot debarred those who love him not, from the king-dom of purity ; even if they were permitted to min-gle with the inhabitants of that blessed world, yetstill they would be unhappy, if they carried thithera heart averse from God, uninflamed with love tohim. All the occupations, pursuits, and enjoymentsof heaven, would be so discordant to their feelings,so inconsistent with their moral taste, that in themidst of the raptures of seraphs and redeemed sin-
 
ners, they would find nothing to delight them : forheaven is not so much a place, as the state of thesoul, and in proportion to our love is the foundationof heaven laid within us, or rather, so much of hea-ven is already let down in our soul.But why do I insist so much on the necessity of this precept? There is not one of you who will not.acknowledge that reason requires it, that God com-mands it, that the scriptures enjoin it, under penaltyof eternal perdition. Let us rather, since this duty-is of such infinite consequence, carefully examine itsnature, that we may discover our true state, and as-certain whether indeed the love of God be in us.A true love to God has three principal constituentparts :I. The love of desire, which terminates upon himas the sovereign good, as the author, the foundation,and the support of our happiness.II. The love of gratitude ; arising from a sense of thegoodness and beneficence of God towards us; and,III. Disinterested love, having as its motive and foun-dation, the moral beautv. the excellence, and the37b 6ERMOH CHI.perfections of God, considered in themselves, andwithout any reference to the advantages which wederive from them.I. The love of desire takes its origin from the wantsand necessities of man, and the fitness and willing-ness of God to supply these wants, and relieve thesenecessities. From the constitution of our nature, we

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