The Might of Spirit

There have always been two ways of gaining supremacy open to mankind, the way of prayer and the way of human will. Men of vigor and determination outline a kingdom of heaven, at hand or afar, some hypothetically desirable goal of achievement, and try to take it by force, as did the Herods, the Caiaphases, the Napoleons, and finally fail, because their desires are material; or by prayer, as did Jesus, and win, because their desires are spiritual.

The human instinct is to fight for one's own way and, in the process, lose sight of fundamental values, of that spiritualization of the thoughts and intents of the heart which reveals God.

The weapons of the human will are carnal; they lead to violence and cruelty, subtlety and repression; whereas, the way of the divine Mind is the way of righteousness and peace. He who believes that the individual, or state, can be benefited by a process which eliminates from his own nature, or form those whom he subjugates, compassion and humility, mercy and justice, must learn otherwise. This is an alliance not with strength but with weakness, not with success but with destruction. "Tenderness," our Leader has reminded us on page 514 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "accompanies all the might imparted by Spirit."

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March 18, 1939

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