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Faith, Hope, Love.

Faith, Hope, Love.

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BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

I Corinthians 13: 13. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.

I Corinthians 13: 13. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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FAITH, HOPE, LOVE. BY Rev. Llewelyn Ioan Evans, D.D., LL.D.I Corinthians 13: 13. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Religion is an assemblage of great things. Its sources are great: not cisterns but oceans, vast, un-fathomable, deep crying unto deep. Its powers are great, great with the energies of Omnipotence, with the thunder-might of God. Its results are great; they are commensurate with the purposes of Deity, and they fill eternity. Greatness is for the most part a relative term. There is indeed a greatness which is absolute, independent of all comparison. Yet the greatness even of realities which are positively such is known through the relation which they sustain to our capaci-ties. Greatness thus considered is that attribute of an object which calls forth all the resources of the power, or powers that have to do with it, which fills or more than fills the measure of any capacity, causing it to expand, constraining the mind to enlarge itself toward it. There are objects and qualities toward which the mind in its action upon them is constrained to contract
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itself, to narrow itself down, as there are material ob- jects, the minuteness of which requires that the organs (69) 70 LLEWELYN IOAN EVANS. which observe them and the powers which handle them should reduce themselves as much as possible before they can do much with them. Again there are objects and qualities which just meet the measure of the powers which operate them. Such are most of the facts and objects with which we have to do. They can neither be called great nor small. They were not intended either to overwhelm us by their greatness, or to evade us by their littleness. We can not take our microscopes with us everywhere to hunt up the small: neither can we carry our Archimedean levers everywhere to overturn mountains or to move worlds. We can not be always straining ourselves lift-ing heavy weights ; we can not accomplish much if
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we do nothing but pick up grains. God has therefore made most of the usefuls of life neither great nor small, but they may be easily handled, freely used, and converted to our purpose. There are some things which challenge the powers, which draw out the capacities by which they are availa-ble. They exceed the average magnitude and weight of things with which we have to do. We are con-scious of a strain on our faculties in our effort to grasp and use them. They tax our resources to the full. They excite our desires and aspirations : they stimulate the outreachings of our powers. These we call great. It is possible for a man by constant intercourse with the little to have his views and powers contracted, until the small no longer seems such. One who has lived among the mountains when he first settles down on a rolling prairie feels contempt for the wavy hillocks about him, but ere long familiarity breeds in this in-stance something better than contempt. After a while they become a tolerable substitute for the half-for-gotten cloud-capped ranges far away. And so with
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