and wisdom from on high, I would detain your thoughtsfor a while in meditation, as I trust they have alreadybeen engaged in devotion, upon God's attribute of love,and the manifestation of this attribute in the incar-nation of his Son.Love, then, as an attribute of God, first calls forthe exercise of our thoughts. ow to comprehendthe essence of the Divine nature far transcends, weknow, the power of finite man. Even the angels,though dwelling for ever beneath the effulgent beamsof the manifested Godhead, can never reach to theheight of this knowledge. To them, as to all createdbeings, it must for ever remain inaccessible. But if weknow not now, and throughout the progress of eter-nity can never ariive at knowing the Almighty untoperfection, yet we may attain to some delightful andconsoling measures of this knowledge by meditatingupon those adorable attributes of the Supreme whichhave been revealed to us. But so weak are our powerswhen directed to this sublime object of contemplation,224 THE LOVE OF GOD I THEthat for all the practical purposes of religious medi-tation, we are oblio^ecl to take the attributes of Godseparately, and to think of him sometimes as Almighty,sometimes as infinite in mercy, sometimes as unboundedin goodness, sometimes as exhaustless in wisdom, andsometimes as awful and inflexible in justice. So fullyare all these attributes manifested in him, that we maywith strict propriety say he is himself each one of them. He is power, he is justice, he is goodness, he iswisdom, he is mercy. This mode of expression, how-ever, seems to be peculiar to St. John. In one placehe declares God is hght, and in the verse immediatelypreceding my text he proclaims that God is love.