Long ago the apostle Peter gave this counsel: "Be ye all of one mind, . . . love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous." We are very apt to think that courtesy is a grace which results only from education and culture, but this is a mistake. True courtesy springs from innate refinement, and is of the heart rather than the head. It forgets self in thinking of others and betokens that healthful mental condition which indicates breadth of thought and progressiveness.

The apostle who admonishes us to be courteous had learned of the great Teacher the value of those qualities which express the one perfect Mind, and in his many years of Christian endeavor he had doubtless seen the lack of these qualities on the part of those who were not finely attuned to the things of Spirit, whether these people were great or lowly in station. It is quite likely that he was present on the memorable occasion (mentioned in the seventh chapter of Luke) when Jesus dined in the house of a Pharisee, and when a woman said to be a sinner came there as an unbidden guest. We are told that she bathed the Master's feet with her tears, kissed them, then wiped them with the hairs of her head and anointed them with precious ointment. For this gentle service she had the rich reward of sin forgiven,—destroyed by the consuming fire of divine Love.

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