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They simply do what as as they feel like doing.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

Their quest for the presence of God, for the consciousness of His mercy and nearness, is not for God's sake but for their happiness. By so doing they are not loving the Lord; rather, they are loving the feeling which refreshes them and affords them the glory of the third heaven. Their total life and labor elevate self as the center. They wish to enjoy themselves.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

Over-sensitivity is another trait at which generally marks the soulish. Very difficult are they to live with because they interpret every move around them as aimed at them. When neglected they become angry. When they suspect changing attitudes towards them, they are hurt. They easily become intimate with people, for they literally thrive on such affection. They exhibit the sentiment of inseparability. A slight change in such a relationship will give their soul unutterable pains. And thus these people are deceived into thinking they are suffering for the Lord.

    Topics: Ignorance, Hurt, Relationships

They have not been lost in God, else they would be able to take in their stride all things as nothing.

    Topics: Ignorance

Ignorance accounts for today's tragic plight among the saints.

    Topics: Ignorance

Are there not many whose spiritual life is endangered by their physical condition-many who fall because of their physical weakness-many who cannot work actively for God because of the bondage of illness?

    Topics: Illness

Many saints today are stricken with sickness, weakness and suffering; God is chastening them that they may present their bodies to Him a living sacrifice.

    Topics: Illness, Chastisement, Sacrifice

Do not be impatient for impatience is of the flesh. Do not try different methods because they are useful solely in helping the flesh. We must distrust the flesh entirely.

    Topics: Impatience, Humility

Moreover, when we are inclined towards someone we can hardly preserve our heart in quietness; usually we will be stirred by our emotion to seek feverishly to please the other one.

    Topics: Kindness, The Heart

People who are lazy, careless, doubtful-minded or arrogant need not expect God to reveal His secret or covenant to them.

    Topics: Laziness, Doubt

Frequently what we say is rest is merely laziness. Our body requires respite and so does our mind and spirit. But a person should never rest because of a laziness which arises from the evil nature in his emotion. How often laziness and emotional distaste for work join to employ physical fatigue as a cover-up.

    Topics: Laziness, Work

Our natural life is a formidable obstacle to spiritual life.

    Topics: Life

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