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[Zion's Herald]

Paul seemed to have in mind in certain of his words a class of men who are out of the way in their opinions, feelings, or choices of life,—awry in their intellectual processes, twisted in judgment, and unduly swayed by prejudice and uncontrolled feeling. This obliquity of mental or moral view easily lends itself to obstinacy and hardness of heart. Nothing is easier than for even a good man to become obsessed by some idea which renders him finally an unreasonable man in the sense above referred to,—crotchety, opinionated, headstrong, unsocial, or untractable, if not positively cynical and misanthropic. Every Christian man or woman would do well, then, especially at the beginning of a new year, to cultivate a "sweet reasonableness," or docility of opinion and gentleness of spirit, which will not indeed suffer them to be led around by the nose by other spirits more masterful and less scrupulous, but will enable them to be politic without sacrificing principle, and to be adaptable to local conditions without becoming imbecile, colorless, and social nonentities.

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March 3, 1917

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