"Infinite Love is reflected in love."*

"Love is the liberator." If we love our neighbor as we do ourselves, we shall overcome hate in others and in ourselves, and banish sickness as the sun dispels the cloud. But unless we have love we cannot detect the presence of evil or put it to silence. If we have not love we are "as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."

Could we make love practical and bring it into our business, our homes, into every walk of life, how much happier would be the world! Could mankind know that God is a God for our business, a God for our homes, a God for every walk of life; that He is a practical God, always at hand to guide us through every trouble, every danger in every path, what a joyful world we would live in! And I believe we are now, through the teachings of Mrs. Eddy, approaching this condition.

But too often in business, greed steps in and that is not love. Do we oppress the servant or the laborer by giving him less than his labor is worth? Do we practise idolatry by cherishing false pleasures of this pleasures of this world,—which are gods, either little or great? Are we idolaters in worshiping any other god than the one God? We do not have to live among barbarians, or in the age of the heathen to be guilty of this. If we worship or think too much of self we are guilty. Do we hate our brother? Do we become angry when evil tempts us or when things do not go our way? Do we envy our neighbor who is reaching a higher success in life than we? Do we commit murder by trying to crush thoughts and deeds that are true and good? Do we practise revellings or drunkenness, are we possessed by evil thoughts of any kind? If we are guilty of any of these things, we are not proving that "infinite Love is reflected in love." That is, we are not loving, but hating. We are manifesting either hate or love. Which is it? It cannot be both at the same time.

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The Soft Answer
August 22, 1903

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