Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind,
live in peace; and the God of love and peace
shall be with you.
2 CORINTHIANS 13, verse 11.
He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen,
how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
1 JOHN 4, verse 20.
Lord! subdue our selfish will;
Each to each our tempers suit,
By Thy modulating skill,
Heart to heart, as lute to lute.
It requires far more of the constraining love
of Christ to love our cousins and neighbors
as members of the heavenly family, than to feel
the heart warm to our suffering brethren in
Tuscany or Madeira. To love the whole Church
is one thing; to love, that is, to delight in the graces
and veil the defects of the person who
misunderstood me and opposed my plans yesterday,
whose peculiar infirmities grate on my most
sensitive feelings, or whose natural faults are
precisely those from which my natural
character most revolts, is quite another.