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[From the Herald, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada]
With the understanding spirit there is created the spirit of generosity. It prevents us from getting our judgment warped. It saves us from being impatient with one another and from being intolerant one to the other. Christ [Jesus] did not fail to show the world what is to be gained by understanding, even when he roused the ire of the self-righteous in allowing his feet to be washed with the tears and wiped with the hair of the Magdalen. He, in his benign charity, understood her case. Without understanding we, as the Apostle to the Gentiles so well said, become "without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful." How many wrongs have been committed, how many have been hounded and have become lost sinners, just for the want of that allowance which has its divine inspiration! And how would these judges themselves have acted had they been placed in the place of those whom they are so ready to judge and condemn? Is not this a question which will do each one of us good to ask ourselves on occasion? "Give me understanding," was the cry of the Psalmist, so "that I may learn thy commandments." Are there not amongst these commandments the commandments of forbearance one to the other, of exercising Christian charity in thought as well as in deed? Solomon, the wise king, was endowed with wisdom, but he was also endowed with that understanding without which wisdom is naught. Understanding was given him along with wisdom "exceeding much," and with it, as it is written, "largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore." Wisdom may be "the principal thing." But in being admonished to get wisdom are we not also told, "And with all thy getting get understanding"? We should do well to ponder how much the understanding spirit means where it is applied.
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