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Religion is Love.

Religion is Love.

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" Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." — Rom. xiii. 10.

" Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." — Rom. xiii. 10.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 01, 2014
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RELIGION IS LOVE. BY GEORGE H. HEPWORTH " Therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." — Rom. xiii. 10. All the world believes that love is better than hate. It never has been and never can be a sub- ject of debate. It is perfectly clear that if love and revenge and selfishness were personified and made sculptors, and each were given a block of marble to shape into his ideal, Love's statue would be more beautiful to look upon than the works of the other two. If each were given a violin and told to put his inmost thought into musical expression, the lis-teners would very quickly draw near to Love and desert the others. That fact is a tribute to human nature. It proves beyond a peradventure that we all take delight in
what is highest and noblest, even though in our daily life our practice is defective. We know what 194 RELIGION IS LOVE. I95 we ought to do, and we wish we had the strength of will to do it, though we may never make the effort. The ideal is in the heart, but covered up by the rubbish of worldliness. In other words, we have never done ourselves justice, and no one knows it better than we. What is it, then, that the world lacks? Only one thing, and yet that one thing is everything. St. Paul calls it love, and he intimates that when a man has this quality of character he has all that can decide his fate both here and hereafter. It is " the fulfilling of the law," and that phrase
is curiously inclusive. If you have love of God and love for your fellow-men, you have the secret of human happiness and an open sesame to the future. God will never reject a soul which has acted from this motive, for it will make a man angelic, and the proper place for angels is heaven. When Christ talked to the people who gathered on hillside and by lake-shore, He proclaimed the simplest form of religion that ever found utterance. There was nothing in His language that the hum-blest Judean peasant could not understand. He advocated no theory and debated no theological propositions ; but He reached down to the very 196 HERALD SERMONS. center of human life and gave us a truth which no duration of time can wear threadbare, which is fresh and beautiful in all climates, among all races, and in all ages.

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