FIDELITY

Fidelity always involves an obligation. Hence the one who would achieve absolute fidelity in every phase of experience must be willing to assume whatever obligation may be necessary for attaining that end. Thus binding oneself to a specific course of action—and this is what an obligation implies—may entail severe trials of one's faithfulness, loyalty, and devotion. But the accompanying rewards of such endeavor are worth striving for and must sooner or later be sought by all, for fidelity is an inescapable requirement of those who would live true and Christian lives.

The prospect of such striving may present the argument that discharging whatever obligations fidelity imposes will be burdensome and exacting beyond endurance. If such is the case, it is comforting to realize that what is really required is a better understanding of God, and that in the degree that this understanding is attained, the achievement of fidelity is correspondingly less onerous. Willingness to hold thought steadfastly in line with God, good, listening for and faithfully following His direction, will ensure success.

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