In his letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul rose to great heights of spiritual understanding in meeting the most complex situations in life He said (Phil.2:3-5), “Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, abut in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which you have in Christ Jesus…” (or as the King James Version says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”)
Have you ever thought how many emotional traumas and their scars would have never happened If each of us did nothing from selfishness? It is fascinating to go back over the incidents of anger and crisis that have occurred in our lives. In the first place, almost every time the very same emotions will arise. We become angry, frightened, vengeful, hurt, etc. all over again even though the event may have taken place years ago. We suffer for what? Mostly for simply not believing in our true self.
Honestly, if each of us would go back over that experience with complete objectivity, we would discover that a part of the cause of the incident was our own selfishness and conceit. Somehow our pride, ego and vanity would not allow us to take the needed steps of reconciliation.
No matter what the outer situation may seem, if we do not name it “evil” and do not defend our ego against it, then we naturally will not react with negative emotion. No reaction (non-resistance) allows us to avoid the emotional pain at the moment of the event and keeps us from ever having to suffer any pain of memory in the future.
You have the power to do this! During our Sunday services we will discuss some of our particular powers and how to apply them for ever expanding joy, peace, health, prosperity and harmony.
Anything that good is worth a try, don’t you think? See you in church. Happy Father’s Day.
God is truly blessing you and all others,
Frank and Margaret