“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:” (Romans 5:1, 3-4)
We rejoice gratefully in the peace that we gain through our faith in God’s presence, His allness, and the ever-appearing of the Comforter, the Christ-Truth of being. We are justified—our lives are seen to be relevant, right, honest—by this conscious acceptance of the divine Life, the understanding of One God and His perfect man.
But we also remain glad in the trials. We recognize that they are not here to punish us, but that they are errors of thought rising up to be put down. In these apparent struggles, we naturally and necessarily turn to a power beyond ourselves, to that loving Christ that we believe in and of which we are being given an even greater view. In our yearning for healing and peace, we are able to witness God’s presence in action, His precision and beauty, a multitude of qualities perhaps unrealized before.
And we not only see those qualities expressed by God, we begin to realize them in our own being and life. We come to see revealed our own patience, our own innocence, our own strength, our own humility. Through our trials—those tests of the Principle in the protected laboratory of Mind—we gain new ideas and ideals, new vigor for our endeavors, a cleansing of the old and unreal. And our experiences give us hope. That hope opens the door to even more of God’s glories, His treasures, and our own fruitful and lovely Life!
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