One Real Power

IN his Sermon on the Mount Jesus uttered the words, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That ye resist not evil." And Paul, his faithful follower, wrote to the Romans, "Recompense to no man evil for evil." The teachings of Jesus and Paul on this subject are thus identical. Both stress an essential of Christian character.

Were the Master and the Apostle to the Gentiles voicing an impossible doctrine when they asked Christians not to return evil for evil? Sometimes as one regards the mental attitude and actions of men towards each other, even in these modern times, one might think they did. For how often do we see men doing the very thing Paul insists they should not do—recompensing evil for evil, striking back angrily at opponents, seeking to injure even as they believe they have been injured. "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." How the desire for revenge seems to persist! And how utterly unsatisfying and unprofitable it is to those who are foolish enough to practice it!

January 5, 1935

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