Signs of the Times

[From the Globe, Toronto, Ontario, Canada]

"Love thyself last" is a well-known piece of advice, and it is in thorough harmony with Christ's word to "love thy neighbour as thyself," which implies that we must have proper regard to ourselves if we would do our duty to others. A writer, Rev. John Macintosh, puts this point very well in the Presbyterian Witness. Speaking of loving ourselves, he says:—

"This is no modern heresy. We need not shrink at the command. Love is never selfish. And surely it is implied in the command of Jesus, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.' There is a modern tendency that utterly disregards this command. We are told that we must forget our miserable selves and think only of saving other people; never mind your own souls; serve, and all will be well. No more vicious advice could be given. Much of the fussiness and barren 'busyness' of modern church life is due to this. What we do not appreciate for ourselves we shall never very earnestly desire for other people. But more: Can we be of use to others unless we take time to cultivate a true Christian character?"

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August 26, 1922

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