Jealousy Overcome

It has been said that jealousy is one of the primal passions of mortal man. It is therefore incumbent upon all Christians to eradicate this manifestation of error as quickly as possible, for when we are no longer under the influence of this sometimes unrecognized fault, there is room for the growth of beautiful thoughts and kindly acts of love. It is astonishing how spontaneously the flowers of good will and brotherhood spring up when this bitter weed no longer crowds the soil. For instance, how eagerly the dead are praised,—those who are no longer our rivals in any sense. The good deeds of the departed crowd thickly upon us, and we are glad to have the opportunity of speaking kindly of them. Now, instead of this post-mortem praise, how much better to rid ourselves of every suggestion of envy and jealousy by promptly meeting it with denials of its right to exist, and by declarations of Love's power, thus saving ourselves and others much unnecessary pain, and leaving a clear space in consciousness for divine Love to fill and overflow. If we but remember that the supply of good is inexhaustible, we will not try to climb upward by pulling down our brother, but will strive to show that the supply of infinite good is ours, and that this supply increases for us as we utilize its abundance.

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Love's Sufficiency
March 31, 1906

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