Obedience is a strong quality, not a weak one. It springs from love and understanding and is supported by courage and humility. A consciousness which has developed a habit of obedience to God, Principle, is a spiritually disciplined consciousness. Such discipline brings liberation, not limitation. It does not restrict the individual and deprive him of a happiness he might have known, but introduces him to a serenity and a deep joy that are not subject to material fluctuation.

How is an unruly heart, an uneven temperament, to be taught this loving discipline? First, the wayward one must want to learn. As eagerly as a foreign-born person applying for citizenship in a new country the individual must yearn to become a fellow citizen "with the saints, and of the household of God" (Eph. 2:19).

Secondly, there must be a determined effort to achieve the ends desired. Paul said (II Cor. 10:4, 5), "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." He did not say that this is an easy task or that it is always accomplished at the first try. But he did say that our weapons are "mighty through God."

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