"Owe no man ... but to love"

"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." A student of Christian Science sought a fuller meaning of the foregoing passage, Paul's admonition to the followers of Christ Jesus in Rome. Apparently, obedience to the two commands to "owe no man" but "to love" constitutes the fulfillment of the law.

The firm of which the student was a partner was doing a large amount of credit business. It was becoming increasingly difficult to make collections, although in many cases there was no actual excuse for delayed payments. It was the policy of the firm to pay its own bills promptly, and to proceed with caution and wisdom in each undertaking. Care was taken that each obligation and contract should always come under the government of the Golden Rule, as far as the firm's own part was concerned. This honest and conscientious procedure, it was felt, would naturally operate as law, whereby those indebted to the firm would make greater effort to meet their obligations.

Christmas Every Day
December 16, 1939

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