If men only understood that their hatred and resentment slays their peace and sweet contentment, hurts themselves, helps not another, does not cheer one lonely brother, they would seek the better doing of good deeds which leaves no ruing—if they only understood.
If men only understood how Love conquers; how prevailing is its might, grim hate assailing; how compassion endeth sorrow, maketh wise, and doth not borrow pain of passion, they would ever live in Love, in hatred never—if they only understood.
The grace and beauty that were in Jesus can be of no value to you—cannot be understood by you—unless they are also in you, and they can never be in you, until you practice them, for, apart from doing, the qualities which constitute goodness do not, as far as you are concerned, exist.
To adore Jesus for his good qualities is a long step towards Truth, but to practice those qualities is Truth itself; and he who fully adores the perfection of another will not rest content in his own imperfection, but will fashion his soul after the likeness of that other.
Therefore thou who adorest Jesus for his divine qualities, practice those qualities thyself, and thou too shalt be divine.
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James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.