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WHO IS MY ENEMY?

From the September 1890 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This article was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis. 8:9-10:28 


Who is mine enemy, that I should love him? Is it a creature or a thing outside my own creation? Can I see an enemy, except I first formulate this enemy and then look upon the object of my own conception? What is it that harms me? Can "height, or depth, or any other creature" separate me from the Love that is Good—that blesses infinitely one and all? We may simply count our enemy to be that which defiles, defaces and dethrones the Christ-image that we should reflect. Whatever purifies, sanctifies, and consecrates human life is not an enemy.