"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison." Jesus (Matthew, 5:25)

Many ennobled souls, after having received the exhortation from this passage, intimately suffer after stumbling across their former adversary of yesterday, who is inaccessible to any conciliation.

The advice of the Master, notwithstanding, is a fundamental consolation to the individual conscience.

Assert the words of the Master ­ "Settle matters" which is the equivalent of saying "do your part."

Correct whatever you can with regards to errors of the past; mobilize every effort to display your goodwill with perseverance. Insist on kindness and in comprehension.

If the adversary is ignorant, meditate over the time in which you too were unaware of your primordial obligations, and observe, if you as well did not act with worse characteristics. If he is perverse, classify him among the sick and demented on the road to being cured.

Do as much good as possible as long as you are walking on the same road; because if the enemy is so implacable, that he seeks you in order to turn you over to the judge, you will also have proof and testimonies to present. A legitimate trial includes all the pieces, and only the spirits that frankly are impenetrable to righteousness will undergo the rigors of the extreme justice.

Always strive, as much as possible, in the area of harmony; but, if the adversary scorns your good efforts, settle matters yourself with your own conscience and wait confidently.

XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 120.