(by Henry Law)
We beseech You to deepen in our hearts—the abhorrence of all evil. May we hate sin with perfect hatred. It is the vile monster which . . .
defies Your power,
casts off Your yoke,
treads down Your lovely law,
defiles our nature,
spreads misery throughout this earth,
brought death into the world, and
nailed the spotless Lamb of God to the accursed tree!
Teach us to look to Jesus on the cross—and so to estimate its loathsome guilt in Your sight.
Could there be no pardon—but through Your dear Son’s death!
Could no cleansing wash out its filth—but Jesus’ precious blood!
Could no atonement expiate the evil—but the shame, the agony, the bruises of Christ, the incarnate God!
We see the boundless price—may we read therein the boundless guilt!
In the infinite payment—show us the infinite debt!
Thus may we discern the deadly viper in its real malignity, and tear it with holy indignation from our breasts, and resolutely turn from its every snare, and refuse to hold polluting dalliance with it!