CHARITY

When in every phase of human experience men learn to practise the command of the Saviour, "Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them," then will the earth "be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea." The splendid ideal shown in that wondrous call to the race can never be lost. It quickens the generous impulses of men. It knows no self. It lives for others. It is indeed the newer and truer life, obtained and retained by having given itself to one who needs a steadier step to support his load. It is the friendly guide leading the stranger who has lost the path back to a safe and sure way. It reunites what God joined together, but which the storms of earth-passions have torn asunder. It is our counselor at the bar where souls are being tried.

Doing is giving. To do to others as you would have them do to you, and to think of others as you would have them think of you, is to enter upon a ministry which is healing humanity's sickness and its sin. The kindly thought of another, or the gentle won., is the carrier-dove bearing its message of love to some sad heart. To live the golden rule is to leave, for those who follow, a track of light, showing that the Christ has passed that way. It speaks the parable of Christian Science to human thought, and it awakens again the music which was heard in the gray dawn of history "when the morning stars sang together." Doing to others as you would have them do to you is the flowering of that sweet charity whose ripened fruit is the freedom of man.

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