The Calm of Spiritual Understanding

Is there such a thing as holy calm? There is; and it is possible to possess it, and to enjoy it, even amid the struggle and din of a world which at times believes tremendously in the reality of evil. Jesus experienced this spiritual peace, and rejoiced in it; and throughout his ministry he diligently sought to tell others of its secret—the truth which supported it. Approaching the time when he should leave his disciples he said (John 14:27): "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."

Now the peace which Jesus possessed, and which he taught was possible of realization by his followers, was no haphazard thing; rather was it a very definite result of right thinking or spiritual understanding. Had not he told them the truth about God in direct speech, as well as by metaphor and parable? Had not he explained to them that God is Spirit and Truth; that He is the Father of man, and that as the Father He loves His entire creation; that no matter how men may err, no matter how deeply they may sink in the mire of sin, the Father never for a moment forsakes His children?

The aim of Christ Jesus was to bring to human understanding the eternal truth about God and His relationship to His creation, and to prove its availability to heal disease, sin, and sorrow. That God is not afar off, but ever present, he sought to demonstrate—and did demonstrate. Every healing he brought about proved the power of ever-present Truth over the erring beliefs of mortals. Christ Jesus understood that he was the Son of God, continually under the protection of God; and it was this understanding which produced the confidence he possessed and the peace, or holy calm, so characteristic of him.

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November 20, 1937

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