BROTHERLY LOVE AD UITY
BY REV. SAMUEL COX, D.D.
1 John iv. 20.ASEABGHIG qaestion this ; yet a somewliat question-able argnment t From the weight of emphasis laid aponit, St. John obyionsly intends it for on argument, and acogent one ; you can tell from his tone that he is contentwith it, that he thinks it irrefragable, unanswerable : yet oneis tempted to question, if not to reject, it. " How can Ilove the God whom I have not seen, if I do not love thebrother whom I have seen I " we might say : ** Why, it is just because I see my brother, and see too much of him,that I find it so hard to love him." Or, again, we might say,** ot love my Father because I don't love my brother !Why, when I was a child at home, how I used to cuff, andscufQe, and contend with my brothers ; what keen pangs of rivalry and jealousy I have felt against them ; yet all thatdid not in any way impair my love for my father.'* Or,taking a higher tone, we might say, " ot love the goodperfect God, because I cannot love evil or imperfect men IWhy, it is precisely that in me which makes me love Himwhich also makes me withhold my love from them ; because Ilove and aspire after that which is perfect, I turn away frommen to God." In short, the argument looks so illogical thatwe may be tempted to conclude, *^ St. John was no logician.With the profoundest intaitive insight into all the mysteriesof Traih and Life, he had very little faculty for argument."But before we come to this conclofiion, before at least weuse it to ward off the heart- searching influence of the questionSt. John has asked us, let us remember that intuition is, atleast in matters of affection, truer and safer than log^c, thata conviction springing from the heart is better than the mostfaultless syllogism, that the very deepest truths are preciselythose which cannot be proved by argument. You cannot,