LIFE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED

Who can estimate the importance of rightly understanding the words we use, especially the true significance of these two short words, life and death. Paul's definition is metaphysical and correct: "To be spiritually minded is life": "to be carnally minded is death." Life and death are, then, conditions of thought; and to the degree that thought is spiritual—that is, honest, unselfish, loving, and pure—it partakes of life; but if thought is dishonest, selfish, unloving, or impure, it presages death.

The expression is often heard, "I am tired to death." but the time must inevitably come when every one shall say, "I am tired of death;" in other words, "I am tired of my own selfishness, ingratitude, unlovingness, and inertia;" and to cry out with St. Paul, "Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" When thought has even begun to turn in the direction of Life, and as the desire increases to show more love and consideration for others, the mortal is being put off and the immortal sense put on. Thus does one learn something of what the words life and death really mean.

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