"IF WE LOVE HIM, LET US KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS." Let us lovingly remind one another. Exhortations to the plainest duties are necessary, for sometimes we forget, and often sink into a lukewarm, indifferent frame of mind. Do we love the Lord? If so, we love His people, His commandments, His gospel, and His law. We love His prohibitions as well as His promises, knowing that He only prohibits what would do us harm. Can we tonight join with David, and say, "O how love I Thy law, it is my meditation all the day!" The law prohibits all evil. Let us hate evil thoughts, and strive against them. Let us hate evil words, and keep the mouth as with a bridle. Let us hate evil works, and abstain from all appearance of evil. The evils of the heart are the worst, as all other evils flow from it: especially let us beware of an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. Would you hate evil? Then walk close with God, be much in fellowship with Him, and so will holiness become your element, and every species of evil your abhorrence. Lovers of God, set your hearts, set your fears against evil. "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord."
Lord, whom I love, to Thee I give
My heart, my life, my all:
For Thee would I devoted live,
Without Thee I would fall.