Friday, 27 June 2008

Weekly Quote 16

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another - (Jn 13:35) I SHALL BE A GOOD INFLUENCE IN MY WORLD

The Mediterranean world of the Master with its hinterland was as filled with different ideas and conflict as ours. What distinguishes anyone in such a world? Money, power, cleverness are commonplace. And the size of social institutions probably records little more than conformity.

But love never fails to impress. What lies in those who find time to give of themselves regardless of return? What turns the attention of some from hostility and abuse directed at them? Why are some so calmly brave in the face of danger? There is something strong and good within them. What is it?

The tree is known by its fruit. That is a principle that can be accepted by both materialist and idealist. So, if you would become a good influence in your world, express the Good that resides in you. Be an ambassador of your Father's kingdom, inviting the curiosity of others to visit it.The Path of Truth

Vol. 54, No. 6 page 350.

Weekly Quote 15

Thou art my King and my God - (Ps 44:4)

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We no longer revere absolute monarchs. People want to apply their own minds to what confronts them, want to participate in the risks. No-one may tell them who or what God is. They will decide whether there is a God and what role He should play in their lives. And so it should be.
Yet the timeless contract of true Monarchy remains: Absolute obedience begets absolute security. What does God demand of us? Must we forego what delights us and endure rituals of submission, or do we have to part to play? In a pure monarchy the interests of the king are identical with those of his subjects. Where he prizes enquiry, knowledge, understanding, fearlessness and joy, we too participate in them.

God's presence assures us "Take My yoke upon you, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

The Path of Truth Vol. 52, No. 6 page 346.