Love Your Enemies

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.—Jesus.

THERE is a great need to-day that this command of our Master be obeyed. If we open wide the door of our own heart to the inpouring of ever-present Love, then shall love well up with increasing flow, quenching our own sense of error and that of our brothers. The necessary work to be performed is individual, each casting out of his own consciousness whatever prevents the full and free work of the Spirit within, and it is ours to be true to the teachings we have already received. Then let us rise above all discords and dislikes, into the pure atmosphere of Spirit, where no mesmeric influence can separate the children of divine Love. How earnestly we should heed the oft-repeated prohibition, "Let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart." Suspicion is self-mesmerism, which sees its own shadows cast upon others. If human will power (so-called) could have power to oppose God, it would oppress and destroy the spiritual idea. The constant rehearsing of our brothers' faults,—the antipodes of the divine characteristics, is an error which should have no power over one who through his experience has learned to dwell in the consciousness of Love for protection. The conscious or unconscious holding of another under the belief of error would assert a creation from beneath, rather than from above. It is like the surgeon who, through an unskilful operation, makes his fellow-man lame. We should see error as error, a mistake as a mistake, then know the nothingness of any power apart from God. This will help to shield our brother from the downpour of evil, help to bring him to the realization that he lives, moves, and has his being in God. The tender, compassionate consciousness is enthroned in the security of Soul, and reflects the might and grandeur of divine Love. As we rise higher in understanding and manifest more love in our daily contact with others, we are brought face to face with deeper problems, which we can only solve scientifically, in the way of our Master,—by overcoming all evil with good, all hate with love, all cursing with blessing.

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Name and Essence
August 5, 1905

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