Spiritual faith teaches only self-forgetfulness, enhanced self-realization in conjoined social service and universe comprehension.The new gospel of the spiritual family is dominated by truth-conviction, the spirit of eternal and universal truth.
And no amount of piety or creedal loyalty can compensate for the absence in the life experience of family believers of that spontaneous, generous, and sincere friendliness which characterizes the spirit-born sons of the living God. Neither tradition nor a ceremonial system of formal worship can atone for the lack of genuine compassion for one's fellows.
Life in the Father's eternal creation is not an endless rest of idleness and selfish ease but rather a ceaseless progression in grace, truth, and glory.
Each of the many, many stations in our Father's house is a stopping place, a life designed to prepare us for the next one ahead. And so will the children of light go on from glory to glory until they attain the divine estate wherein they are spiritually perfected even as the Father is perfect in all things.
A certain amount of both stoicism and optimism are serviceable in living a life on earth, but neither has aught to do with that superb peace which the Son of God bestows upon his brethren in the flesh. The spiritual faith is the joy and satisfaction of a God-knowing individual who has achieved the triumph of learning fully how to do the will of God while living the mortal life in the flesh. This peace of mind is found on an absolute human faith in the actuality of the divine Father's wise and sympathetic overcare.
The peace of spiritual faith is the peace and assurance of a children who fully believes that his career for time and eternity is safely and wholly in the care and keeping of an all-wise, all-loving, and all-powerful spirit Father. And this is, indeed, a peace which passes the understanding of mortal mind, but which can be enjoyed to the full by the believing human heart.
Eternal life is the free gift of God, but those who are born of the spirit will immediately begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit in loving service to their fellow creatures. And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace. If professed believers bear not these fruits of the divine spirit in their lives, they are dead.
Increasingly, must we yield the fruits of the spirit as we progress heavenward in the family of God. We may enter the family as a child, but the Father requires that we grow up, by grace, to the full stature of spiritual adulthood.
Self-mastery is the measure of man's moral nature and the indicator of his spiritual development.We are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in our inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of our mind, and so are we endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God.
It is our personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures our becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by our faith and the spirit's transformation, we become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within us. If, then, the spirit dwells within us, we are no longer bondslaves of the flesh but free and liberated sons and daughters of the spirit.
The spirit endows us with the liberty of self-mastery. Salvation is by the regeneration of the spirit. We are justified by faith and fellowshipped by grace, not by fear and the self-denial of the flesh.
Our sonship is grounded in faith, and we are to remain unmoved by fear. Our secret of the mastery of self is bound up with our faith in the indwelling spirit, which ever works by love. And if we are the children of this living faith, we are no longer the bondslaves of self but rather the triumphant masters of ourselves, the liberated sons and daughters of God.
We spontaneously show forth the fruits of the spirit in our daily lives; and the fruits of the spirit are the essence of the highest type of enjoyable and ennobling self-control, even the heights of terrestrial mortal attainment--true self-mastery.
Our Father has proclaimed spiritual liberty to the end that mortals may be empowered to live individual lives of originality and freedom before God. He does not desire that social harmony and fraternal peace shall be purchased by the sacrifice of free personality and spiritual originality. What he requires of us is spirit unity, and that we can experience in the joy of our united dedication to the wholehearted doing of the will of our Father in heaven.
We do not have to see alike or feel alike or even think alike in order spiritually to be alike. Spiritual unity is derived from the consciousness that each of us is indwelt, and increasingly dominated, by the spirit gift of the heavenly Father. Our family harmony must grow out of the fact that the spirit hope of each of us is identical in origin, nature, and destiny.
In this way we may experience a perfected unity of spirit purpose and spirit understanding growing out of the mutual consciousness of the identity of each of our indwelling Paradise spirits; and we may enjoy all of this profound spiritual unity in the very face of the utmost diversity of our individual attitudes of intellectual thinking, temperamental feeling, and social conduct. Our personalities may be refreshingly diverse and markedly different, while our spiritual natures and spirit fruits of divine worship and brotherly love may be well unified.
It is in that unity of souls that we will show that we have learned how to do the will of the Father in heaven. We can achieve the unity of the service of God even while we render such service in accordance with the technique of our own original endowments of mind, body, and soul.
Our spirit unity implies two things, which always will be found to harmonize in the lives of individual believers: first, we are possessed with a common motive for life service; we all desire above everything to do the will of the Father in heaven. Second, we all have a common goal of existence; we all purpose to find the Father in heaven, thereby proving to the universe that we have become like him.
Already does the spirit of the Father in heaven indwell us. If we would be led by this spirit from above, very soon would we begin to see with the eyes of the spirit, and then by the wholehearted choice of spirit guidance would we be born of the spirit since our only purpose in living would be to do the will of our Father who is in heaven. And so finding ourself born of the spirit and happily in the family of God, we would begin to bear in our daily life the abundant fruits of the spirit.
Whosoever drinks of the water of the living spirit shall never thirst. And this living water shall become in us a well of refreshment springing up even to eternal life.