Attitude Toward Others Shows
Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31–33; Luke 10:25–37; Romans 9:3; 13:8–9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8
If a man is gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them. If he is compassionate towards the afflictions of others, it shows that his heart is like the noble tree that is wounded itself when it gives the balm. If he easily pardons and remits offences, it shows that his mind is planted above injuries; so that he cannot be shot. If he is thankful for small benefits, it shows that he weighs men’s minds, and not their trash. But above all, if he has St. Paul’s perfection, that he would wish to be anathema from Christ for the salvation of his brothers, it shows much of a divine nature, and a kind of conformity with Christ himself.
Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626)