Love is a conquering force. A true life is a series of conquests. It is to him that overcometh that the crown of life is promised. The first thing to be conquered is self. Without self-mastery there can be no true manhood. Until one has learned to control himself he is not fit to be master of anything. Many methods of arriving at self-mastery have been tried. The best and only successful method is to be filled with love. A baptism of love every morning, noon, and night will soon bring self down and drown selfishness completely.
When one has mastered himself he may overcome his enemies. Who has not tried to overcome his enemies by force, by wrath, by stratagem? This we may do if we are stronger and shrewder than they. But when it is done there will be no advantage either to the victor or the vanquished. The man who has been crushed by violence is no better, nor is his conqueror better. Jesus taught men a new method of dealing with enemies: "Love your enemies." So taught the apostle: "If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head." Thousands of enemies have been conquered in this way. And there is no other way worth trying. If we fail it is because we have not enough love.