Lowliness and Peace

Paul beseeches the Ephesians to walk worthily "with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love." And in Proverbs we read that "with the lowly is wisdom." Lowliness is saved from the impulses of self-will because it listens for the divine counsel before acting. Spiritual lowliness cannot be led astray, for it is a wise and docile, communing quality, shepherded by divine Love.

Through lowliness of heart, Christ Jesus carried out his mighty mission, for this quality allied him to divine power and safeguarded him from pride, arrogance, personal ambition, or discouragement. He suffered no phantoms of personal sense or personal responsibility to rear themselves between him and the execution of his divine mission, for he entrusted everything to the might of Truth and Love. In the midst of his strenuous ministry, where one false move might have had serious consequences both for his contemporaries and for posterity, Jesus could say to his disciples, "I am meek and lowly in heart," and, "My yoke is easy, and my burden is light." He was at peace because his spiritual sense impersonalized both good and evil. He never looked for personal recognition or the world's approbation, but regarded himself as Love's emissary, forever sustained, trustful, refreshed, humanly meek, spiritually mighty. With selfless love, and animated always with the desire to heal and to liberate mankind, he dealt out trenchant rebukes wherever they were needed. Because his conscience was serene and he never failed to obey every mandate of the Father, the hue of peace enfolded him as God's witness. No mental digression from Truth hindered his own advance or his demonstration for others. With divine courage and conviction, he challenged and defeated every phase of error that rose up to tempt him away from allegiance to the divine Principle, Love.

Spiritual sense is always at peace because it dwells in the immensity of Spirit, glorifying the might of Truth and Love. Personal sense, on the other hand, is never truly at peace because it is always concerned with finiteness. Its outlook is narrow and selfish; and the sense of personal accomplishment is usually fraught with conceit, self-importance, or a sense of jeopardy. But one to whom the Father's business is of supreme importance, has a better sense of real values, and so rises above trifles. No shadow of superstition disturbs true consciousness, or the heart which is ever resolved to apprehend and carry out only the purposes of God, good.

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Giving Thanks to God
November 23, 1929

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