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Religion That Changes Us

By Mary Wilder Tileston

      And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
         --COLOSSIANS 3:14 (R. V.)

      THOU hatest hatred's withering reign;
      In souls that discord maketh dark
      Dost Thou rekindle love's bright spark,
      And make them one again.
         --PAUL GERHARDT

      WE have cause to suspect our religion if it does not make us gentle, and forbearing, and forgiving; if the love of our Lord does not so flood our hearts as to cleanse them of all bitterness, and spite, and wrath. If a man is nursing anger, if he is letting his mind become a nest of foul passions, malice, and hatred, and evil wishing, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
         --HUGH BLACK

      Love me always, boy, whatever I do or leave undone. And--God help me--whatever you do or leave undone, I'll love you. There shall never be a cloud between us for a day; no, sir, not for an hour. We're imperfect enough, all of us, we needn't be so bitter; and life is uncertain enough at its safest, we needn't waste its opportunities.

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