Let us keep our innate faith in the oneness of power in Creative Forces; and as we express it in our activities with our fellow humans, as we hold it in our meditation, as we hold it in our mind, so will it be experienced in our inner self. All must pass under the rod, but He has tempered it with mercy and judgment. So must we temper our judgments, so must we find patience, so must we find those things within self that make for the answer to us before the Throne of grace. If we would have mercy, we must show mercy to our fellow human beings, yes, to our enemies, to those who despitefully use us.
Death in the flesh is a birth into the realm of another experience, to those who so live that they are not bound by earthly ties. This does not mean that we do not have our own experience in and about the earth, for we come into the earth plane for the purpose of further development toward a cooperative, coordinating activity with the Creative Force that manifests through our activities in materiality. In the earth the choice is by will, while in the interim, between the earthly incarnations, the choice is conditioned by that which has been accomplished by us in manifested form; for we must meet that which we have sown in the body.
How May We Show Ourselves Approved?
Our bodies are only channels through which our souls may manifest the attributes of the spirit of truth in a physical plane.
We find ourselves in that state where we are subject to the faults, the failures, the conditions, that work upon our weaknesses. These may work through environmental and hereditary influences or through associations, yet there is the awareness in our experiences that God, Creative Force, has prepared the way of escape from those things that so easily beset us, if we call upon Him in sincerity. Our activities are our voluntary choice. We have been given the manner, the way in which the Christ Consciousness is manifested in the earth, through Jesus. He came as man that through His example, love, patience, and hope might be shown. This He exemplified in His activity, that we might choose, as He, to do that which is right, just, sincere, and honest, in our activities one with another. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
The way is simple. Yet those who would seek through the mysteries of nature, the mysteries of the manifestations of life in the earth, or those who would see the activities of their neighbors, friends, or associates, rather than listen to that which may be had through the still small voice from within, become troubled and wondering, and then fearful, until there come periods when the sureness of self is lacking.
What are the requirements then, that we may become aware of His presence abiding with us? They are that we manifest love, patience, hope, charity, tolerance, and faith in our daily life. These words, these expressions, these as visualized objects may be within us, and when we make such manifest in conversation, in example, in precept to those whom we meet day by day, we become aware of the Christ Consciousness.
Know the truth for the truth's sake. "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." Let not, then, the cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, pomp, glory, or fame, hinder us from applying in our relationship with our fellow humans those laws through which we may become aware of His presence.
That offences must come, is true, but woe to them who bring them to pass!
May we not be idle in doing that which we know to be right. Let our activities be positive, our love be without dissimulation.
"Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good."
As we have seen in our own body that which has brought the fires of nature, the turmoils of disease, the wonderments even of distress, and as we have seen those influences, those powers, in nature that are manifestations of His love to others, we know that in our weakness, in our strength, on Him alone we can lean for strength. He has prepared a way. We, in any phase of our experience, are only the channels to make application, or to give helpful understanding to others. His abiding presence is in and with us.
The destiny of the body lies with us. We can take only a perfect body back to our Maker. (See 696-3.)