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BY J. R. MILLER

THERE are other people; we are
not the only ones. Some of
the others live close to us and
some farther away. The law of
love brings all of these, far and near, into
certain relations with us. They have claims
upon us. We owe them love, duties, service.
We cannot cut ourself off from any of them,
saving that they are nothing to us.
BY J. R. MILLER

THERE are other people; we are
not the only ones. Some of
the others live close to us and
some farther away. The law of
love brings all of these, far and near, into
certain relations with us. They have claims
upon us. We owe them love, duties, service.
We cannot cut ourself off from any of them,
saving that they are nothing to us.

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OTHER PEOPLEBY J. R. MILLER THERE are other people; we arenot the only ones. Some of the others live close to us andsome farther away. The law of love brings all of these, far and near, intocertain relations with us. They have claimsupon us. We owe them love, duties, service.We cannot cut ourself off from any of them,saving that they are nothing to us. Wecannot rid ourself of obligations and say weowe nothing to them. This relation to othersis so binding that there is not an individualanywhere on the round earth who has not theright to come to us with his needs, claimingfrom us the ministry of love. These otherpeople are our brothers, and there is not oneof them that we have a right to despise,neglect, hurt, or thrust from our door.We should train ourself to think of theother people. We ought not to leave themout of any of the plans we make. We shouldthink of their interests when we are thinkingof our own. They have their rights and wemust consider these when asserting our own.No one may set his fence a hair's breadth overthe line on his neighbor's ground. No onemay gather even a head of his neighbor'swheat or a cluster of grapes from his neigh-bor's garden. No one may enter his neigh-bor's door unbidden. No one may do any-thing that will harm his neighbor. Otherpeople have rights which we may not invade.Then we owe them more than their rights — we owe them love. To some it is not hard
 
to pay this debt, for they are lovable andwinsome. They are congenial, giving us inreturn quite as much as we can give them.It is natural to love these and to be kind andgentle to them, but we have no liberty of selection in this broad duty of loving otherpeople. We may choose our personalfriends, but we may not choose whom we shalllove in the neighborly way. The Master said :"If ye love them that love you, what thank [160]Cfje Entanglements; of Hobehave ye? for even sinners love those that lovethem. And if ye do good to them that dogood to you, what thank have ye? for evensinners do the same. And if ye lend to themof whom ye hope to receive, what thank haveye? even sinners lend to sinners, to receiveagain as much. But love your enemies, anddo them good, and lend, never despairing;and your reward shall be great, and ye shallbe sons of the Most High: for he is kindtoward the unthankful and evil."So we see that our neighbor is anybody whoneeds us. He may not be beautiful in hischaracter, nor congenial to us ; he may evenbe unkind, unjust, in strict justice undeserv-ing of your favor; yet if we persist in claim-ing the name Christian, we owe him the lovethat seeketh not its own, that beareth allthings, endureth all things.The love which we are taught to bear toother people means service. Love withoutserving is only an empty sentiment. It is not
 
enough just to avoid doing people harm.Jesus taught that sin is not merely in positive[ 161 3Cinngg tfjat Cnbureacts that are wrong, but also in the neglectsto do the things we ought to do. Those onthe left hand will be those who have not fedthe hungry nor clothed the naked nor visitedthe sick. They may have been very respect-able people in many ways, but their failureto do the ministries of love about them putsthem in the wrong company.We never can get away from these otherpeople. We may have our fine theories oliving for self, of laying up in the summer of prosperity for the winter of adversity, of providing for old age, but all these economicplans have to yield to the exigencies of humanneed. The love that seeketh not its own playshavoc with the plans of mere self-interest. Wecannot say that anything we have is our ownwhen our brother stands before us needingwhat we have to give.Every day brings to us its opportunitiesfor service of love. Every one we meet needssomething which we have to give. It may beonly common courtesy, gentle kindness athome, the patient treatment of others in busi-[162]

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