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GOD'S GIFT OF JOY
Do we sometimes feel it to be impossible to obey the Bible injunction to rejoice? Do we accept the argument of mortal belief to wait until our current problem is solved before expressing gladness of heart? This was not the method of the Way-shower, Christ Jesus, who rejoiced and gave thanks before there was outward evidence of harmony. He assured his followers of the permanence of joy when he said (John 16:22), "Ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you."
When the Apostle Paul exhorted the Philippians (4:4), "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice," he did not qualify his counsel with restrictions about their human experiences or environment. Real joy is a spiritual quality, expressed by all of God's children. Those who know this have the ability to rejoice regardless of human circumstances.
Paul proved this to be true when he and Silas were unjustly cast into prison. They exercised their freedom to express the spiritual qualities of joy and thanksgiving in the face of what appeared to be an appalling and insurmountable obstacle. As they did so, their chains fell from them, and they were free. Neither hatred of the truth which Paul preached nor threats of violence against him could dim his vision of God's goodness and allness.
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TRUE SACRIFICE—THE WAY TO HEAVEN
FREDA SPERLING BENSON
"THE NUMERATION-TABLE OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE"
APPRECIATING OUR TRUE SELFHOOD
MARGARET CASE PAULUS
GOD'S GIFT OF JOY
HELEN V. WHITE
DEMONSTRATING OUR SPIRITUAL IDENTITY
DAILY SUFFICIENCY OF GOD'S IDEAS
SYBILLA M. BRUNING
"PUT ON THE NEW MAN"
HARRIETTE MELDRIM LAKE
"ALL IS INFINITE MIND"
WILFRED S. THORPE
REATHA I. FOUCH
OBSTRUCTIVE BELIEFS YIELD TO TRUTH
Helen Wood Bauman
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Arthur G. Farthing
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Esther L. R. Gibson
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