“In some way, sooner or later, all must rise superior to materiality, and suffering is often the divine agent in this elevation.” (Science and Health, page 444)
We have been given the kingdom. The spiritual sense of Life is ours to claim naturally and to enjoy fully. We must come to recognize the limits the mortal mind has seemed to place on our gracious and grateful reception of all that belongs to us. In order to do this, sometimes there may seem to be suffering. It isn’t punishment, but a “divine agent” to our “elevation.”
God’s Love will not let us continue to stay confined to a material sense of life and its unfair limits. This true Love requires that we give up any familiar comfort with that which is less than right and less than satisfying for us. We were formed by God to be His perfect expression, to radiate His glory and announce His goodness. We cannot truly do this if we are still content with living a lie.
The seeming suffering cannot harm our true state. It cannot touch who we are. It can only force us to give up the wrong thinking and acting, that which limits our loveliness, and to come to know the better, higher, and holier way. We can cease the suffering sense as we consciously recognize who God is and Who we are naturally as His children, and refuse to see or be anything less. The discomfort in matter and the dissatisfaction with material life can only lead us necessarily into the Comforter’s arms, into the real Truth of our Life as spiritual, full, satisfying, pure, and free.
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