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6[Mind] we live, and move, and have our being," we shall have done more.


9Who is thine enemy that thou shouldst love him? Is it a creature or a thing outside thine own creation?

Can you see an enemy, except you first formulate this

12enemy and then look upon the object of your own con- ception? What is it that harms you? Can height, or depth, or any other creature separate you from the

15Love that is omnipresent good, — that blesses infinitely one and all?

Simply count your enemy to be that which defiles,

18defaces, and dethrones the Christ-image that you should reflect. Whatever purifies, sanctifies, and consecrates human life, is not an enemy, however much we suffer in

21the process. Shakespeare writes: "Sweet are the uses of adversity." Jesus said: "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all

24manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake; . . . for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."

27The Hebrew law with its "Thou shalt not," its de- mand and sentence, can only be fulfilled through the gospel's benediction. Then, "Blessed are ye," inso-

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1much as the consciousness of good, grace, and peace, comes through affliction rightly understood, as sanctified

3by the purification it brings to the flesh, — to pride, self- ignorance, self-will, self-love, self-justification. Sweet, indeed, are these uses of His rod! Well is it that the

6Shepherd of Israel passes all His flock under His rod into His fold; thereby numbering them, and giving them refuge at last from the elements of earth.

9"Love thine enemies" is identical with "Thou hast no enemies." Wherein is this conclusion relative to those who have hated thee without a cause? Simply, in

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