A Refrain voicing God's mercifulness and loving-kindness sounds through both the Old and the New Testament. Gathering volume and momentum as the people's idea of God becomes dematerialized, this refrain is discernible above the mortal din of many misconceptions concerning the deific will and character. In the New Testament it finds full expression in the words and works of Christ Jesus, who spoke and acted as had no other man. And patriarch, lawgiver, judge, king, and prophet exhorted the people to remember God's attribute of mercy and to be merciful to man and beast.

Abraham pleaded that in the wicked cities of the plain mercy might be shown the few righteous men. Having cultivated the spiritual grace of mercy, he himself was prepared to hear the voice of Truth, which replaced his false sense of sacrifice, making clear to him the nature of God's demand, and so restored to him his beloved son Isaac.

Then again, Joseph's spiritualized thought, won through obedience to his highest ideal, enabled him to understand God's mercy in overruling the wicked purpose of his brethren, and he in turn convinced them of his forgiveness of their cruelty. To-day Joseph's example has lost not one whit of its vitality.

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Temptation Overcome
April 12, 1930

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