Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind.
If someone were sent to take care of the poor, miserable, wounded soldiers lying in the plague-stricken hospitals on the plain of Solferino, he would say to himself:
“Money would not be able to hire me to do it,
but I must do it because it is my duty!
Here are men who are suffering and who need attention, and I am bound to look after their wants.”
But now let him find his own son among those unfortunate creatures, and, no matter how loathsome might be the offices to be performed toward him,
▪︎ Could money buy from him the privilege of ministering to his son’s necessities?
▪︎ Could any motive induce him to leave his son’s side day or night?
That which he should do in the one case through conscientiousness, or from a sense of duty, and which could be a disagreeable task, he would do in the other case through love, and it would then be a pleasure to him.
He would do it with delight.
There would not be hours enough in which he might serve in love his wounded son.
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