A lot of great stuff here, but just a couple of thoughts:
The parable of the Good Samaritan and Christ’s answer to Peter concerning how many times he was to forgive his brother really sum up for me the difference between the law and the gospel. The law would tell you exactly who is your neighbor- how many houses in what radius contained those people you were to love. The gospel says that everyone is our responsibility, we are to have charity and love for all. The law would tell (and did) exactly how many times you were required to forgive, while the gospel teaches us to always forgive. It’s interesting to me that it’s through living the gospel, rather than the law, that the deeper truths of these principles is learned.
Oh Mary and Martha, how I love you. I think it’s a shame that people set them up as a one or the other choice, and I love how Talmage points out that both were faithfully serving in the way that suited them, and that the one needful thing was NOT putting aside housework, but was true spiritual development.
I LOVE this: “By inattention to houseful duties, the little touches that make or mar the family peace, many a woman has reduced her home to a comfortless house; and many another has eliminated the essential elements of home by her self-assumed and persistent drudgery, in which she denies to her dear ones he cheer of her loving companionship.” I’m having a difficult time finding that balance recently, so this quotation is one I’ll be pondering.
What stood out to you?