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You have doubtless read of brother T. B. Larimore, a gospel preacher born in 1843. While just a young man, he served in the Confederate Army. On his 21st birthday, he obeyed the gospel, and began preaching almost immediately.
An interesting point is recorded of him regarding war. Even though he had volunteered for Confederate service, when he became a Christian he was opposed to war, and was a strict non-combatant in faith and practice. The twelfth chapter of Romans was the first chapter he ever tried to read in public, and he always tried to fill those under his influence with the spirit of that chapter.
This may account for some things that some men cannot readily under­stand. A deliberate attempt was once made by an assassin, heavily armed, to assassinate a stalwart young man who was no coward, but whom Larimore had tried to teach from the boy's early child­hood the sentiment of peace on earth and good will among men. The young man coolly caught the assassin, threw him to the ground, deliberately disarmed him, and then released him, receiving a slight wound himself, but making no attempt to inflict one. Moreover, he did not prosecute the man who, without cause or provocation, tried to assassinate him, and has never even spoken un­kindly of him.
"What manner of spirit" is this? "Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not your selves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not over­come of evil, but overcome evil with good." (Rom. 12: 17-21.) That is the spirit.
 

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