is the essence of every virtuous or holy affection.There are benevolent and selfish affections ; goodnessconsists ir) benevolent affections, and badness in selfish1290 SERMO vr.ones. God is love, and all his goodness consists inlove ; which is something entirely distinct from hispower, or knowledge, or any other natural perlection.ft is his heart. Goodness in every moral being lies inhis heart, and consists in benevolent affecttons. Butthough the goodness of God lies in his heart, and con-sists in benevolent afTections ; yet, in various respects,it is superiour to the goodness of all other beings.For,1. His goodness is absolutely piwe and free from everything of a selfish or sinful nature. Though some menare really good in this life, yet their goodness fe'mix-ed with a great deal of evil. Their benevolent affec-tions do nof flow in a constant, uninterrupted stream;but are often obstructed by unholy and unfriendly af-fections. They do not always feel the same love toGod, nor the same love to man. Their hearts arecomposed of discordant and diametrically oppositeexercises. Their goodness is like the morning cloudand early dew, which soon vanisheth away. But thegoodness of God is constant, uninterrupted, and entire-ly free from every discordant affection. Io selfishfeelinii; ever existed in his heart. His heart is allgoodness, and full of holy, kind, and benevolent affec-tions. He is in scripture called the Holy One. Hisholiness consists in his goodness, and his goodness iswithout the least alloy, or impure mixture of unholi-ness, unrighteousness, injustice, or malevolence.2. His goodness is not only pure., but permanent.