It is the vile
Law, "Family Prayers")
God Almighty, holy Father,
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.
There could be no pardon of sin—but through Your dear Son's death!
No cleansing could wash out sin's filth—but Jesus' precious blood!
No atonement could expiate the evil of sin—but the shame, the agony, the
bruises of the incarnate God!
We see the boundless price—may we read therein the boundless
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!