THE flesh flatters; the Spirit reproves. The flesh blindly gratifies; the
Spirit wisely disciplines.
The flesh loves secrecy; the Spirit is open and clear.
The flesh remembers the injury of a friend; the Spirit forgives the bitterest enemy.
The flesh is noisy and rude; the Spirit is silent and gracious.
The flesh is subject to moods; the Spirit is always calm.
The flesh incites to impatience and anger; the Spirit controls with patience and serenity.
The flesh is thoughtless; the Spirit is thoughtful.
Hatred, pride, harshness, accusing others, revenge, anger, cruelty, and flattery—these are the works of the flesh.
You can only help others in so far as you have uplifted and purified yourself.
~ James Allen, Daily Meditations