"In time of harvest"

When a good work has been done, men are sometimes inclined to relax their watchfulness. If disturbing conditions appear, they may learn that these are the outcome of evil's sowing which they, perhaps, had not noticed. Then they sometimes wish to be precipitate and uproot the discords, even though misdirected zeal might also destroy the effects of the good work done.

Jesus touched upon the errors of apathy and of impatience in his parable of the tares and the wheat, and pointed the lesson that it is only through the activity of pure thoughts—"the reapers are the angels," he said—that the error can be destroyed and the good safely garnered. The parable refers to the common knowledge that both good and bad influences appear in individual and general experience. Observation of such experience would lend little hope for achievement of permanent harmony, did not reason show, as in Jesus' parable, that good and evil are not equal.

Meekness and Teachableness
December 25, 1937

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