AS you unfold in the consciousness of God, many inexplicable things become clear. One is the purifying process of pain. It is safer and grander to suffer, because, rightly viewed, it is sure to perfect the soul. Have you not sometimes felt the shallowness and the emptiness of joy? I tell you it is impossible to know true joy-the heights of joy-until you have known corresponding depths of pain. This is the process called "the refiner's fire." It is cleansing; it is good, and not evil. True joy-the joy of Heaven-should saturate the whole being, and touch the inner consciousness with a sense of its eternity, its everlastingness; and the suffering has prepared a place that joy may enter in. Learn the wisdom in these words-As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing."
Now I would show you the difference between necessary suffering and useless pain, which is disorder; likewise between true joy and transient false joy. Divine humanity can attain the throne of the universe only by the way of the Cross. This is the way of sacrifice. Do not too hurriedly dismiss the pearl in the old orthodox teaching, it served its day and generation most efficiently. When man thought of himself as a separate and outside unit, only this teaching could help his unfoldment, so thank God for the ladder of dead creeds-dead selves. But now the divine Man is arising; He has burst the old bottles; the new wine of life cries out for space and freedom, as the sap does in the tree. Beware, for here is your danger; the suffering begins, which shall make the path by cleansing and burning up all that hinders the uprising of the divine in earth, air, and sea. The Son of God is come, and your very experiences of pain and suffering are the heralds of His approach.
There is much more to be revealed to you, but we leave these messages with you to help you to live and express the highest within you, knowing that Christ will perfect that which concerneth Him, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's.