Let us empty ourselves of desires that are physical in purpose, that our spiritual attitude may be glorified in our walks before our fellow human beings. Our greater soul development may be found by losing sight of ourselves, by spiritualizing our material desires, and by seeking more and more the Christ Consciousness. In the garden when the Master prayed, "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not as I will," we see the flesh warring with the spirit itself and physical desire spiritualized.
In making our physical desires one with the will of the Father, we will pass through conditions in our experience similar to those of Jesus, who became the Christ. Pray then that His will be done in us, and through us, that we may desire to be channels of blessing to others, in the ways and manners that He sees best. "Not our way, О Lord, but Thy way." This is spiritualizing physical desires.
In studying desire, we may question in our mind as to whether it is necessary for us to give up all physical desires in order to develop spiritually. It is not necessary to give them up, but it is necessary to spiritualize them, that our desires may be His desires, and His desires, our desires. "And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also," are examples of spiritualizing desire, for in so doing the desire for vengeance becomes spiritualized through love and forgiveness.
This experience is an illustration: "I had reached the place where I must choose whether I should take my place with those who are preparing the way for the coming of His Kingdom, or accept the ease and pleasure the world offered me. It was a great comfort to me to know that the Master had a similar choice to make, and that in love He overcame desires of the flesh. My prayer was, I cannot bear this alone, my Savior, my Christ, I seek thy aid."
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the gospel of love and forbearance. To be like Him we must spiritualize the desire to get even by doing good to all for His name's sake. We must desire that the Lord will use us as channels of blessing to all whom we contact day by day, and that there may come in our experience whatever is necessary that we may be cleansed completely; for when our soul shines forth in our daily walks, in our conversation, in our thoughts, in our meditation, we spiritualize our desires in the earth.
As He has given, "It must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" Let our desires be so unselfish that we may never sin against our fellow human. We must be the arm, the shoulder, the one upon whom some may lean as they come in their experience to the knowledge of the love of Christ.
When we have suffered through the acts of others and can realize that the suffering has made us more gentle, more considerate, when we regard with compassion the one who caused the suffering, and desire that nothing but good may come to that person, then our desire for revenge has been changed into a spiritual desire.
Physical forces are in the material realms of activity. Mental forces are both spiritual and physical in their reaction to the body and to conditions mental, spiritual and physical which surround us. If our purposes are spiritual, and we hold to them, we are more able to meet and overcome adverse conditions in the material. Every force, every power, that is manifesting as a force in the material has its inception in spirit; and when applications are made of a material nature, they must coordinate with the mental, the spiritual, the physical, in order that greater and better conditions may be manifested in material things.
His mercies are sufficient unto those who put their trust in Him. Has the Father changed? Has He faltered in His promises? He has promised to meet all after the pattern given on the Mount. "Draw nigh to God." "... so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God." His children are those whose desires are His desires. When we hold such attitudes we have no fear, for "perfect love casteth out fear."