They were occasionally accustomed to see the dark-skinned, Ethiopian, whether we suppose that these were true from Southern Egypt or dark Arabs, do good now and then; from the hills of the southern wilderness about the Dead Sea.
Do good and a man can no more change his character once formed than a can cast his skin or a leopard whiten out the spots on his hide.
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
The Divine Spirit puts forth His power when men are born again; and until He thus puts forth His power, they are in the flesh and cannot please. We do not need to assert that a man has no power of self-improvement or reformation.
By habit we come to do things mechanically and without effort and we all like that. The change to doing good; further it is made difficult because liking too often goes with evil, and good can be won by effort.
There are often things said about the effects of conversion which are very far in advance of reality and give a handle to caricature. The evil will not cease to tempt, nor will the effects of the past on character be annihilated.
Change Will Come
All things will change if we change by doing good. They are the same old things, but seen in a new light, used for new purposes, disclosing new relations and powers. The world is different to a blind man when cured or to a deaf one; there are new sights for the one, new sounds for the other.
So no man need despair, nor think, ‘I cannot mend now.’ You may have tried and been defeated a thousand times. Do good victory is possible, not without effort and sore conflict, but by possibility. There is hope for all of us.