THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF SPIRIT

If you would make one supreme effort to reform the world, reform yourself," counseled a well-known lecturer. To the student of present-day needs there is great encouragement in this simple advice to look within if we would solve humanity's problems. To learn to keep a vigilant watch over false tendencies by guarding thought against all that is unlovely or burdensome is a task at hand, an immediate opportunity.

He who studies the lifework of Jesus of Nazareth becomes aware that he exercised a power, a spiritual ascendancy, which transformed human experience. His discernment of reality enabled him quickly to detect and reject that which did not measure up to the divine standard. It was Jesus' spiritual understanding dominating his character which enabled him to perform his mission and made his influence on human history immortal. He exhibited an apartness from and a dominion over human circumstances; so-called laws of nature, worn-out traditions, and material limitations were set aside by him who moved calmly and steadily forward on the road of spiritual victories to his own resurrection or victory over death, and then to his complete ascension above matter and its conditions.

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