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Recognizing Nobleness.

Recognizing Nobleness.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 12, 2013
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ext to being noble is the ability to recog-nize nobleness in others. In fact, the abilityto recognize nobleness in others indicates ameasure of nobleness in one's self; the recog-nition is a proof of kinship. It is in this asit is in every other line of observation and of outreaching: one's perceptions and attrac-tions and repulsions are the truest test of pne's personal character.There is a sense in which we always meas-ure a man by his own standards of measure Tment, even if we do not always agree with aman's measurement of himself. When weare told that the Arabs of the desert haveabsolutely no apprehension of the beautiesof natural scenery, that they see nothing ina mountain but a barrier to easy travel, andnothing in a sunset across the sea except a5i52 SEEIG AD BEIG.sign that it is almost time for sleep, that doesnot lower our estimate of the scenery, butit does of the Arabs. The little boy who,when asked whom he should wish to see firstin heaven, answered promptly "Golia'h,"showed convincingly that size and musclemade up his standard of greatness. And hewho proclaims as his ideal hero a militarychieftain, or a successful explorer, or a man
of large riches, or a shrewd schemer, or anunselfish patriot, or a devpted missionary, inthus passing judgment on others gives toothers the material for a proper judgment of himself. So, also, in pointing out the beautiesor the flaws of a work of literature or of art,or of a human career, any man shows whathe is by showing what he approves. Hismeasure of criticism is so far the measure of himself.Our Lord did not hesitate to adopt thismethod of judgment when he was on earth.When he found a scribe looking through themere letter of the law, and recognizing itsinner spirit of love, Jesus said unto him,SEEIG AD BEIG. 53"Thou art not far from the kingdom of God." What the scribe recognized in thelaw, proved what was in the scribe. It wasbecause the poor Syrophenician mother rec-ognized in Jesus more of sympathy andtenderness and readiness to give her helpthan showed on the surface in his word andmanner at the first, that Jesus commendedher spirit and granted her request Whatany one recognizes in Jesus is the test — notof Jesus, but of the one who observes Jesus.When Jesus seemed to the scoffing throngat Calvary only a condemned felon, theRoman centurion, who had charge of theexecutioners, perceived enough below andbeyond the surface to cry out, " Truly thiswas the Son of God;" and in that recog-nition of the Messiah the centurion won theworld's recognition of his personal nobleness
and worth.o act of royal David ever showed moreof his innate nobleness of character than hisquick recognition of nobleness in the threemighty men who were glad to risk their54 SEEIG AD BEIG.lives to bring a drink of refreshing to theirloved and honored leader. "And David wasthen in the hold [of the cave of Adullam] ;and the garrison of the Philistines was thenin Bethlehem. And David longed, and said,' Oh that one would give me water to drink of the well of Bethlehem, [the old home-wellof Bethlehem,] which is by the gate!' Andthe three mighty men [moved by that cry of longing] brake through the host of the Phi-listines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David. But he [touchedby their loving fidelity] would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the Lord.And he said, ' Be it far from me, O Lord,that I should do this. Shall I drink the bloodof the men that went in jeopardy of theirlives?' Therefore he would not drink it"An ordinary Oriental chieftain would countit but an ordinary matter for three of hissoldiers to risk their lives in order to givehim comfort ; but it was the superior noble-ness in David that made him recognize theSEEIG AD BEIG. 55

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