LOVE KNOWS NO OFFENSE

In her book "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy has included a brief article entitled "Taking Offense," which could well be considered a very important study for all mankind. It is a digest of harmony, happiness, and frictionless living, so needed in human relationships today. Perhaps the key to the article is contained in these words (pp. 223, 224): "The mental arrow shot from another's bow is practically harmless, unless our own thought barbs it." This, then, places the responsibility for taking offense with each individual.

Does it sometimes seem that we are the target for mortal mind's arrows of jealousy, sarcasm, insult, and gossip? Are we ever subjected to the smiling countenance which hides deceit, the flattery which cloaks hypocrisy, and the spurious friendship which is using us for its own selfish purpose? Let us refuse to be wounded by the offenses of others.

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