Horatius Bonar tells of a walk he was on with his close friend and colleague, John Milne, when they passed a man, who acknowledged them. Suddenly Milne left Bonar and went after the man and talked kindly to him. Rejoining Bonar, he said, “That man does not like me, and frequently shows it, but I must win him over.”
Milne frequently then bought items from the man’s store. Why? Because he knew that “patience softens what is hard.” When asked why he went back regularly to a shop where his presence was not desired, he said, “I do it on purpose, since I am trying to soften that man with kindness. He would scarcely speak to me at first, but now I’m slowly gaining him and hope to be his true friend one day.”

– Horatius Bonar

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