God-given dominion overcomes emotionalism

Peace and joy are natural to us as God's offspring.

Emotionalism is often a robber. It would rob us of true peace and joy. Yet we don't have to be victimized. Christ Jesus told his disciples, "Ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you" (John 16:22). In all of Jesus' healing works he showed man's real, Godlike nature to be intact, unrobbed by sicknesses and sins. He brought to light the original purity and perfection of those he healed through the power of Christ, Truth.

We too can be touched by the power of the healing Christ, and find the God-given peace that's native to us. The way to this freedom is purely spiritual; it doesn't include willpower. It involves awakening to our genuine selfhood in God's likeness. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians that the "old man"— old, limiting, materialistic ways of thinking—needs to be put off. This opens the way for the "new man"—the unlimited, real view of ourselves and the progressive living of this pure nature—to be put on (see Eph. 4:22–24). Often such progress is forwarded in our moments of prayer, as we become willing to open our thought to man's true, spiritual selfhood.

Attraction, love, and sex
October 18, 1993

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