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"Said Jesus..." - Spiritual Advice You Can Live With

Effective Ministry

"You should learn that the expression of even a good thought must be modulated in accordance with the intellectual status and spiritual development of the hearer. Sincerity is most serviceable in the work of the kingdom when it is wedded to discretion." ~ The Urantia Book, (181:2.21)

"Introduce men to God and as the sons of God before you discourse on the doctrines of the fatherhood of God and the sonship of men." ~ The Urantia Book, (141:6.4)

"That which the world needs most to know is: Men are the sons of God, and through faith they can actually realize, and daily experience, this ennobling truth." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:0.4)

"Feed my lambs. Do not neglect to minister to the weak, the poor, and the young. Preach the gospel without fear or favor; remember always that God is no respecter of persons." ~ The Urantia Book, (192:2.2)

"It is a marvelous and transforming experience to become the living channel of spiritual light to the mortal who sits in spiritual darkness." ~ The Urantia Book, (130:2.4)

"Give the milk of truth to those who are babes in spiritual perception. In your living and loving ministry serve spiritual food in attractive form and suited to the capacity of receptivity of each of your inquirers. ~ The Urantia Book, (133:4.2)

"Go seek for the sinners; find the downhearted and comfort the anxious." ~ The Urantia Book, (138:6.4)

"The Father rather desires that you draw out your heart to the hungry, and that you minister to the afflicted souls; then shall your light shine in obscurity, and even your darkness shall be as the noonday." ~ The Urantia Book, (147:8.4)

As the days pass, every true believer becomes more skillful in alluring his fellows into the love of eternal truth. Are you more resourceful in revealing goodness to humanity today than you were yesterday? ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.15)

"And when the feelings of service for your fellow men arise within your soul, do not stifle them; when the emotions of love for your neighbor well up within your heart, give expression to such urges of affection in intelligent ministry to the real needs of your fellows." ~ The Urantia Book, (157:2.2)

"In bringing men into the kingdom, do not lessen or destroy their self-respect." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:3.3)

"Let me emphatically state this eternal truth: If you, by truth co-ordination, learn to exemplify in your lives this beautiful wholeness of righteousness, your fellow men will then seek after you that they may gain what you have so acquired. The measure wherewith truth seekers are drawn to you represents the measure of your truth endowment, your righteousness. The extent to which you have to go with your message to the people is, in a way, the measure of your failure to live the whole or righteous life, the truth-co-ordinated life." ~ The Urantia Book, (155:1.5)

"And everywhere you go, preach, saying, `The kingdom of heaven is at hand,' and minister to all who may be sick in either mind or body. Freely you have received of the good things of the kingdom; freely give." ~ The Urantia Book, (163:1.4)

"And remember that, inasmuch as you minister to one of the least of my brethren, you have done this service to me." ~ The Urantia Book, (176:3.5)

Let all mankind benefit from the overflow of your loving spiritual ministry, enlightening intellectual communion, and uplifting social service; but none of these humanitarian labors, nor all of them, should be permitted to take the place of proclaiming the gospel. ~ The Urantia Book, (178:1.11)

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Can't We All Just Get Along?

"To become acquainted with one's brothers and sisters, to know their problems and to learn to love them, is the supreme experience of living." ~ The Urantia Book, (130:2.6)

"You are commissioned to save men, not to judge them." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:3.17)

Take care that you do not wound the self-respect of timid and fearful souls. Do not indulge in sarcasm... ~ The Urantia Book, (159:3.4)

As you grow older in years and more experienced in the affairs of the kingdom, are you becoming more tactful in dealing with troublesome mortals and more tolerant in living with stubborn associates? Tact is the fulcrum of social leverage, and tolerance is the earmark of a great soul. If you possess these rare and charming gifts, as the days pass you will become more alert and expert in your worthy efforts to avoid all unnecessary social misunderstandings. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.18)

"Make not the mistake of trying to pluck a mote out of your brother's eye when there is a beam in your own eye. Having first cast the beam out of your own eye, you can the better see to cast the mote out of your brother's eye." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:3.17)

"Become interested in your fellows; learn how to love them and watch for the opportunity to do something for them which you are sure they want done," ~ The Urantia Book, (130:7.2)

"...show forth love, compassion, and sympathy." ~ The Urantia Book, (137:7.13)

Throughout the vicissitudes of life, remember always to love one another. Do not strive with men, even with unbelievers. Show mercy even to those who despitefully abuse you. ~ The Urantia Book, (178:1.17)

"Love men with the love wherewith I have loved you and serve your fellow mortals even as I have served you. By the spirit fruits of your lives impel souls to believe the truth that man is a son of God, and that all men are brethren." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:5.2)

"By... drawing close to your fellow men in understanding sympathy and with unselfish devotion, you will lead them into a saving knowledge of the Father's love." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:5.3)

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Forgive and Forget

"The Father in heaven loves his children, and therefore should you learn to love one another; the Father in heaven forgives you your sins; therefore should you learn to forgive one another." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:1.3)

Simon Peter was the apostle in charge of the workers at Hippos, and when he heard Jesus thus speak, he asked: "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Until seven times?" And Jesus answered Peter: "Not only seven times but even to seventy times and seven." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:1.4)

God's forgiveness in fact is not conditioned upon your forgiving your fellows, but in experience it is exactly so conditioned. ~ The Urantia Book, (146:2.4)

"Your inability or unwillingness to forgive your fellows is the measure of your immaturity, your failure to attain adult sympathy, understanding, and love. You hold grudges and nurse vengefulness in direct proportion to your ignorance of the inner nature and true longings of your children and your fellow beings. Love is the outworking of the divine and inner urge of life. It is founded on understanding, nurtured by unselfish service, and perfected in wisdom." ~ The Urantia Book, (174:1.5)

And when he said, "Resist not evil," he later explained that he did not mean to condone sin or to counsel fraternity with iniquity. He intended the more to teach forgiveness, to "resist not evil treatment of one's personality, evil injury to one's feelings of personal dignity." ~ The Urantia Book, (141:3.8)

"How can you come to God asking consideration for your shortcomings when you are wont to chastise your brethren for being guilty of these same human frailties?" ~ The Urantia Book, (159:1.5)

"When a wise man understands the inner impulses of his fellows, he will love them. And when you love your brother, you have already forgiven him. If you are wise parents, this is the way you will love and understand your children, even forgive them when transient misunderstanding has apparently separated you." ~ The Urantia Book, (174:1.4)

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Living As If You Are In The Kingdom

"Your assurance that you have entered into the kingdom family of the Father, and that you will eternally survive with the children of the kingdom, is wholly a matter of personal experience—faith in the word of truth." ~ The Urantia Book, (146:3.4)

"You cannot buy salvation; you cannot earn righteousness. Salvation is the gift of God, and righteousness is the natural fruit of the spirit-born life of sonship in the kingdom. ~ The Urantia Book, (150:5.5)

"Let me assure you, once and for all, that, if you dedicate your lives to the work of the kingdom, all your real needs shall be supplied. Seek the greater thing, and the lesser will be found therein; ask for the heavenly, and the earthly shall be included. The shadow is certain to follow the substance." ~ The Urantia Book, (165:5.3)

"You are in this world, but your lives are not to be worldlike." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:3.1)

"... my disciples shall enter the kingdom of heaven by their moral decisions and by their spirit victories; and when they once enter therein, they shall find joy, righteousness, and eternal life. " ~ The Urantia Book, (137:8.7)

"If you would but believe that my Father loves you with an infinite love, then you are in the kingdom of God." ~ The Urantia Book, (137:8.17)

"The door of the kingdom is wide open for all who desire to know the truth and to find God." ~ The Urantia Book, (138:4.2)

"Take lessons from those who make friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, and likewise so conduct your lives that you make eternal friendship with the forces of righteousness in order that, when all things earthly fail, you shall be joyfully received into the eternal habitations." ~ The Urantia Book, (169:2.5)

"Kingdom builders, the accredited citizens of the heavenly worlds, are not to be disturbed by temporal upheavals or perturbed by terrestrial cataclysms. What does it matter to you who believe this gospel of the kingdom if nations overturn, the age ends, or all things visible crash, since you know that your life is the gift of the Son, and that it is eternally secure in the Father? ~ The Urantia Book, (176:3.2)

"In gaining an entrance into the kingdom of heaven, it is the motive that counts. My Father looks into the hearts of men and judges by their inner longings and their sincere intentions." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:3.19)

"The kingdom of heaven consists in these three essentials: first, recognition of the fact of the sovereignty of God; second, belief in the truth of sonship with God; and third, faith in the effectiveness of the supreme human desire to do the will of God —to be like God. And this is the good news of the gospel: that by faith every mortal may have all these essentials of salvation." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:10.9)

"But when the Father's will becomes truly your will, then are you in very truth in the kingdom because the kingdom has thereby become an established experience in you." ~ The Urantia Book, (141:2.2)

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Prayer

"Prayer is entirely a personal and spontaneous expression of the attitude of the soul toward the spirit; prayer should be the communion of sonship and the expression of fellowship." ~ The Urantia Book, (144:2.2)

"Be not constantly overanxious about your common needs. Be not apprehensive concerning the problems of your earthly existence, but in all these things by prayer and supplication, with the spirit of sincere thanksgiving, let your needs be spread out before your Father who is in heaven." ~ The Urantia Book, (146:2.16)

The sincerity of any prayer is the assurance of its being heard... ~ The Urantia Book, (146:2.6)

What the true son desires and the infinite Father wills IS. Such a prayer cannot remain unanswered, and no other sort of petition can possibly be fully answered. ~ The Urantia Book, (146:2.7)

The motive of the prayer gives it right of way to the divine ear, not the social, economic, or outward religious status of the one who prays. ~ The Urantia Book, (146:2.8)

Pray for the welfare of your families, friends, and fellows, but especially pray for those who curse you, and make loving petitions for those who persecute you. ~ The Urantia Book, (146:2.11)

There is but one form of prayer which is appropriate for all God's children, and that is: "Nevertheless, your will be done." ~ The Urantia Book, (146:2.12)

Prayer is a part of the divine plan for making over that which is into that which ought to be. ~ The Urantia Book, (144:4.9)

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When You're Discouraged...

Do not become discouraged by the discovery that you are human. Human nature may tend toward evil, but it is not inherently sinful. Be not downcast by your failure wholly to forget some of your regrettable experiences. The mistakes which you fail to forget in time will be forgotten in eternity. Lighten your burdens of soul by speedily acquiring a long-distance view of your destiny, a universe expansion of your career. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.8)

"...everything must await the coming of its time." ~ The Urantia Book, (130:5.3)

" You must realize that the best method of solving some entangled problems is to forsake them for a time." ~ The Urantia Book, (143:3.3)

"You may be surrounded with small enemies and be retarded by many obstacles, but the big things and the real things of this world and the universe are on your side." ~ The Urantia Book, (130:6.3)

"Set your mind at work to solve its problems; teach your intellect to work for you; refuse longer to be dominated by fear ..." ~ The Urantia Book, (130:6.3)

The measure of your human strength of character is your ability to resist the holding of grudges and your capacity to withstand brooding in the face of deep sorrow. Defeat is the true mirror in which you may honestly view your real self. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.17)

"What you are becoming day by day is of infinitely more importance than what you are today." ~ The Urantia Book, (147:5.7)

Be not downcast by your failure wholly to forget some of your regrettable experiences. The mistakes which you fail to forget in time will be forgotten in eternity. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.8)

Forget not that I will stop at nothing to restore self-respect to those who have lost it, and who really desire to regain it. ~ The Urantia Book, (159:3.3)

"I have come into the world to put love in the place of fear, joy in the place of sorrow, confidence in the place of dread, loving service and appreciative worship in the place of slavish bondage and meaningless ceremonies." ~ The Urantia Book, (149:6.5)

Your spiritual destiny is conditioned only by your spiritual longings and purposes. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.9)

"... why should you live in fear of the many trifles which come up in your daily lives? I say to you: Fear not; you are of much more value than many sparrows." ~ The Urantia Book, (165:3.4)

"Kingdom builders, the accredited citizens of the heavenly worlds, are not to be disturbed by temporal upheavals or perturbed by terrestrial cataclysms. What does it matter to you who believe this gospel of the kingdom if nations overturn, the age ends, or all things visible crash, since you know that your life is the gift of the Son, and that it is eternally secure in the Father?" ~ The Urantia Book, (176:3.2)

"In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have triumphed in the world and shown you the way to eternal joy and everlasting service." ~ The Urantia Book, (181:1.6)

"In the time of testing, a man's soul is revealed; trial discloses what really is in the heart." ~ The Urantia Book, (165:6.2)

"Even now you should begin to find deliverance from the bondage of fear and doubt as you enter upon the living of the new life of faith and hope." ~ The Urantia Book, (157:2.2)

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Flex Your Faith Muscles

"Faith is the open door for entering into the present, perfect, and eternal love of God." ~ The Urantia Book, 138:8.8

"It is your faith that saves your souls. Salvation is the gift of God to all who believe they are his sons." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:1.2)

"When, by living faith, you become divinely God-conscious, you are then born of the spirit as children of light and life, even the eternal life wherewith you shall ascend the universe of universes and attain the experience of finding God the Father on Paradise." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:0.3)

"That which the world needs most to know is: Men are the sons of God, and through faith they can actually realize, and daily experience, this ennobling truth." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:0.4)

"Peace be upon you. You all know that we have one Father in heaven, and that there is but one gospel of the kingdom—the good news of the gift of eternal life which men receive by faith." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:4.3)

When my children once become self-conscious of the assurance of the divine presence, such a faith will expand the mind, ennoble the soul, reinforce the personality, augment the happiness, deepen the spirit perception, and enhance the power to love and be loved. ~ The Urantia Book, (159:3.12)

"... you who have been called out of darkness into the light are expected to believe with a whole heart; your faith shall dominate the combined attitudes of body, mind, and spirit. ~ The Urantia Book, (155:6.17)

The believer has only one battle, and that is against doubt—unbelief. ~ The Urantia Book, (159:3.8)

"Genuine faith will remove mountains of material difficulty which may chance to lie in the path of soul expansion and spiritual progress." ~ The Urantia Book, (144:2.6)

"Question not my Father's power of love, only the sincerity and reach of your faith. All things are possible to him who really believes." ~ The Urantia Book, (158:5.2)

"Fear not; only believe." ~ The Urantia Book, (152:1.1)

" Better by far to have a small but living and growing faith than to be possessed of a great intellect with its dead stores of worldly wisdom and spiritual unbelief." ~ The Urantia Book, (147:5.8)

"Grow in grace by means of that living faith which grasps the fact that you are the sons of God while at the same time it recognizes every man as a brother." ~ The Urantia Book, (147:8.5)

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Be A Server Of All

"As you rejoice in your loyalty to the gospel, pray the Father of truth to shed abroad in your hearts a new and greater love for your brethren. You are to love all men as I have loved you; you are to serve all men as I have served you. ~ The Urantia Book, (191:4.3)

"You shall love one another with a new and startling affection, even as I have loved you. You will serve mankind with a new and amazing devotion, even as I have served you." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:6.2)

"Remember, I have taught you that he who would be greatest among you should become the server of all. If you presume to exalt yourselves before God, you will certainly be humbled; but whoso truly humbles himself will surely be exalted." ~ The Urantia Book, (175:1.10)

"If you are willing to serve your fellows, you shall sit down with me in my kingdom, even as, by serving in the similitude of the creature, I shall presently sit down with my Father in his kingdom." ~ The Urantia Book, (137:8.11)

"I lived my life in the flesh to show how you can, through loving service, become God-revealing to your fellow men even as, by loving you and serving you, I have become God-revealing to you." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:0.5)

"You have seen the way of service in my life among you, and blessed are you who will have the gracious courage so to serve." ~ The Urantia Book, (179:3.8)

"When you give a banquet, sometimes bid the poor, the maimed, and the blind. In this way you shall be blessed in your heart, for you well know that the lame and the halt cannot repay you for your loving ministry." ~ The Urantia Book, (167:1.5)

"I tell you that, even when a cup of cold water is given to a thirsty soul, the Father's messengers shall ever make record of such a service of love." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:2.1)

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Are You Born Of The Spirit?

"When, by living faith, you become divinely God-conscious, you are then born of the spirit as children of light and life, even the eternal life wherewith you shall ascend the universe of universes and attain the experience of finding God the Father on Paradise." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:0.3)

"You rejoice to know that the Son of Man has risen from the dead because you thereby know that you and your brethren shall also survive mortal death. But such survival is dependent on your having been previously born of the spirit of truth-seeking and God-finding." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:2.2)

"If, then, my children, you are born of the spirit, you are forever delivered from the self-conscious bondage of a life of self-denial and watchcare over the desires of the flesh, and you are translated into the joyous kingdom of the spirit, whence you spontaneously show forth the fruits of the spirit in your daily lives." ~ The Urantia Book, (143:2.8)

"I declare that you must be reborn. You must start out afresh as little children and be willing to trust my teaching and believe in God." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:6.2)

"Salvation is the free gift of God, but those who are born of the spirit will immediately begin to show forth the fruits of the spirit in loving service to their fellow creatures. And the fruits of the divine spirit which are yielded in the lives of spirit-born and God-knowing mortals are: loving service, unselfish devotion, courageous loyalty, sincere fairness, enlightened honesty, undying hope, confiding trust, merciful ministry, unfailing goodness, forgiving tolerance, and enduring peace." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:2.2)

"In order to yield the fruits of the spirit, you must be born of the spirit. You must be taught by the spirit and be led by the spirit if you would live the spirit-filled life among your fellows." ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.2)

"Those who are born of the spirit of God shall henceforth discern the word of God regardless of whence it appears to take origin. Divine truth must not be discounted because the channel of its bestowal is apparently human." ~ The Urantia Book, (155:6.12)

"I have called upon you to be born again, to be born of the spirit." ~ The Urantia Book, (155:6.3)

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Live Forever

"The Son is naturally endowed with the life of the Father. You survive your life in the material world of the flesh because you are identified with the Father's living spirit, the gift of eternal life." ~ The Urantia Book, (146:3.5)

"Those who experience the resurrection from the dead are more like the angels of heaven, and they never die. These resurrected ones are eternally the sons of God; they are the children of light resurrected into the progress of eternal life." ~ The Urantia Book, (174:3.2)

"My brethren, hanker not after the meat which perishes but rather seek for the spiritual food that nourishes even to eternal life; and this is the bread of life which the Son gives to all who will take it and eat, for the Father has given the Son this life without measure." ~ The Urantia Book, (153:2.7)

"The way from the earth life to the eternal estate has not been made plain to you, but there is a way, there always has been, and I have come to make that way new and living. He who enters the kingdom has eternal life already—he shall never perish." ~ The Urantia Book, (146:3.7)

"Whosoever drinks of the water of the living spirit shall never thirst. And this living water shall become in him a well of refreshment springing up even to eternal life." ~ The Urantia Book, (143:5.3)

"You rejoice to know that I am the resurrection and the life, but this will avail you nothing unless you are first born of the eternal spirit, thereby coming to possess, by faith, the gift of eternal life. If you are the faith sons of my Father, you shall never die; you shall not perish." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:1.2)

"When you have by faith once established yourself as a son of God, nothing else matters as regards the surety of survival." ~ The Urantia Book, (176:3.3)

"I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live. In truth, whosoever lives and believes in me shall never really die." ~ The Urantia Book, (168:0.7)

"Verily, verily, I say to you who believe the gospel that, if a man will keep this word of truth alive in his heart, he shall never taste death." ~ The Urantia Book, (162:7.5)

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Think About This ...

"Let experience teach you the value of meditation and the power of intelligent reflection." ~ The Urantia Book, (192:2.2)

"The true teacher maintains his intellectual integrity by ever remaining a learner." ~ The Urantia Book, (130:3.7)

"Verily, verily, I say to you, he who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city." ~ The Urantia Book, (143:2.3)

"Your sonship is grounded in faith, and you are to remain unmoved by fear." ~ The Urantia Book, (143:2.7)

Said Jesus: "My disciples must not only cease to do evil but learn to do well; you must not only be cleansed from all conscious sin, but you must refuse to harbor even the feelings of guilt. If you confess your sins, they are forgiven; therefore must you maintain a conscience void of offense." ~ The Urantia Book, (156:2.7)

"As I have revealed the Father, so shall you reveal the divine love, not merely with words, but in your daily living." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:5.3)

"The teacher of truth attracts only those who hunger for the truth and who thirst for righteousness." ~ The Urantia Book, (164:5.2)

"Remember, as you go forth proclaiming peace on earth and good will among men, you must contend with bitter and self-deceived enemies; therefore be as wise as serpents while you are also as harmless as doves." ~ The Urantia Book, (163:1.3)

The God-conscious mortal is certain of salvation; he is unafraid of life; he is honest and consistent. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.20)

Every day a true believer lives, he finds it easier to do the right thing. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.13)

"When you are in this way tempted, I admonish you that, while you recognize temptation honestly and sincerely for just what it is, you intelligently redirect the energies of spirit, mind, and body, which are seeking expression, into higher channels and toward more idealistic goals." ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.4)

"The religion of the spirit leaves you forever free to follow the truth wherever the leadings of the spirit may take you." ~ The Urantia Book, (155:6.5)

Do not make the mistake of fighting evil with its own weapons. ~ The Urantia Book, (140:8.7)

"That which is old and also true must abide. Likewise, that which is new but false must be rejected. But that which is new and also true, have the faith and courage to accept." ~ The Urantia Book, (147:7.3)

"Commit not the folly of calling that divine which is wholly human, and fail not to discern the words of truth which come not through the traditional oracles of supposed inspiration." ~ The Urantia Book, (155:6.2)

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Love Is The Most Important Thing

"As you rejoice in your loyalty to the gospel, pray the Father of truth to shed abroad in your hearts a new and greater love for your brethren. You are to love all men as I have loved you; you are to serve all men as I have served you." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:4.3)

"The acceptance of the doctrine of the fatherhood of God implies that you also freely accept the associated truth of the brotherhood of man. And if man is your brother, he is even more than your neighbor, whom the Father requires you to love as yourself." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:1.2)

"As I have revealed the Father, so shall you reveal the divine love, not merely with words, but in your daily living. I send you forth, not to love the souls of men, but rather to love men." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:5.3)

"When I invite you to love one another, even as I have loved you, I hold up before you the supreme measure of true affection, for greater love can no man have than this: that he will lay down his life for his friends. And you are my friends; you will continue to be my friends if you are but willing to do what I have taught you." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:1.3)

"Devote your life to proving that love is the greatest thing in the world. It is the love of God that impels men to seek salvation. Love is the ancestor of all spiritual goodness, the essence of the true and the beautiful." ~ The Urantia Book, (192:2.1)

"I give you this new commandment: That you love one another even as I have loved you. And by this will all men know that you are my disciples if you thus love one another." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:1.1)

"I would cause the walls of prejudice, self-righteousness, and hate to crumble before this preaching of the Father's love for all men." ~ The Urantia Book, (172:1.3)

"Let your hearts be so dominated by love that your spirit guide will have little trouble in delivering you from the tendency to give vent to those outbursts of animal anger which are inconsistent with the status of divine sonship." ~ The Urantia Book, (149:4.2)

"Love God supremely and your neighbor as yourself. And it is this supreme law of love for God and for man that I also declare to you as constituting the whole duty of man." ~ The Urantia Book, (142:3.22)

"You will learn to love your brethren more when you first learn to love their Father in heaven more, and after you have become truly more interested in their welfare in time and in eternity." ~ The Urantia Book, (181:2.5)

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Take The High Road

"The children of this world fight for the establishment and enlargement of the kingdoms of this world, but my disciples shall enter the kingdom of heaven by their moral decisions and by their spirit victories; and when they once enter therein, they shall find joy, righteousness, and eternal life." ~ The Urantia Book, (137:8.7)

"And whatever it shall cost you in the things of the world, no matter what price you may pay to enter the kingdom of heaven, you shall receive manyfold more of joy and spiritual progress in this world, and in the age to come eternal life." ~ The Urantia Book, (137:8.14)

"You are all the children of light; therefore stumble not into the misunderstanding entanglements of mortal suspicion and human intolerance. If you are ennobled, by the grace of faith, to love unbelievers, should you not also equally love those who are your fellow believers in the far- spreading household of faith? Remember, as you love one another, all men will know that you are my disciples." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:4.3)

"Revere goodness and exalt truth. Choose the beautiful in place of the ugly. Love your fellows and reach out for God with a whole heart, for God is your Father in heaven." ~ The Urantia Book, (132:4.6)

"When an enemy smites you on one cheek, do not stand there dumb and passive but in positive attitude turn the other; that is, do the best thing possible actively to lead your brother in error away from the evil paths into the better ways of righteous living." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:5.9)

"And again I say to you, be not overcome by evil but rather overcome evil with good." ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.5)

"Do not allow yourselves to become blinded by prejudice and paralyzed by fear." ~ The Urantia Book, (157:2.2)

"It is not that which enters into the mouth that spiritually defiles the man, but rather that which proceeds out of the mouth and from the heart." ~ The Urantia Book, (153:3.5)

"Do your good deeds in secret; when you give alms, let not the left hand know what the right hand does." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:6.11)

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I Promise You...

"Who is the greater, he who sits at meat, or he who serves? Is it not commonly regarded that he who sits at meat is the greater? But you will observe that I am among you as one who serves. If you are willing to become fellow servants with me in doing the Father's will, in the kingdom to come you shall sit with me in power, still doing the Father's will in future glory." ~ The Urantia Book, (179:3.9)

"The bestowal spirit of my Father will surely return to the divine source and universe level of origin, and the human soul of mortal man which shall have become the reborn child of this indwelling spirit shall certainly ascend with the divine spirit to the very presence of the eternal Father." ~ The Urantia Book, (149:6.9)

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I make these gifts not as the world gives—by measure—I give each of you all you will receive. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. I have overcome the world, and in me you shall all triumph through faith." ~ The Urantia Book, (181:1.5)

"In the Father's kingdom you are to become new creatures; old things are to pass away; behold I show you how all things are to become new." ~ The Urantia Book, (143:2.3)

"He who comes to me shall not hunger, while he who believes me shall never thirst." ~ The Urantia Book, (153:2.8)

"Believing the gospel will not prevent getting into trouble, but it will insure that you shall be unafraid when trouble does overtake you. I do not promise to deliver you from the waters of adversity, but I do promise to go with you through all of them." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:3.13)

"If you will maintain this living spiritual connection with me, you will bear abundant fruit. If you abide in me and my words live in you, you will be able to commune freely with me, and then can my living spirit so infuse you that you may ask whatsoever my spirit wills and do all this with the assurance that the Father will grant us our petition." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:2.1)

"If you will only love one another as I am loving you, you shall be my friends, and I will ever speak to you of that which the Father reveals to me." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:1.3)

"This new teacher [the Spirit of Truth]. .. will live with each one of you, in your hearts, and so will all the children of light be made one and be drawn toward one another." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:4.5)

"The Father and I will both work with you, and you shall experience the divine fullness of joy if you will only obey my command to love one another, even as I have loved you." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:1.4)

"He who believes this gospel, believes not merely in me but in Him who sent me. I am the light of the world, and whosoever will believe my teaching shall no longer abide in darkness." ~ The Urantia Book, (174:5.7)

"And now I declare to you that I, if I be lifted up on earth and in your lives, will draw all men to myself and into the fellowship of my Father. He who walks in the darkness knows not where he goes; but if you will choose to walk in the light, you shall all indeed become liberated sons of God." ~ The Urantia Book, (174:5.13)

"...be of good courage, for I will sometime return. In the meantime, my Spirit of the Truth of a universe shall comfort and guide you." ~ The Urantia Book, (176:2.3)

"Let me assure you, once and for all, that, if you dedicate your lives to the work of the kingdom, all your real needs shall be supplied." ~ The Urantia Book, (165:5.3)

"I declare that salvation is first a matter of your personal choosing. Even if the door to the way of life is narrow, it is wide enough to admit all who sincerely seek to enter, for I am that door. And the Son will never refuse entrance to any child of the universe who, by faith, seeks to find the Father through the Son." ~ The Urantia Book, (166:3.3)

"But fear not; every one who sincerely desires to find eternal life by entrance into the kingdom of God shall certainly find such everlasting salvation." ~ The Urantia Book, (166:3.5)

"Behold, I stand at the doors of men's hearts and knock, and if any man will open to me, I will come in and sup with him and will feed him with the bread of life." ~ The Urantia Book, (166:3.7)

"I always stand near, and my invitation-call is, and ever shall be, Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am true and loyal, and you shall find spiritual rest for your souls. " ~ The Urantia Book, (163:6.7)

"...all who truly seek to find me shall sometime attain the life that leads to my Father's presence." ~ The Urantia Book, (162:2.7)

"I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life." ~ The Urantia Book, (162:5.2)

" Where two or three believers are gathered together, there am I in the midst of them." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:1.3)

"Come, therefore, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and you shall find rest for your souls. Take upon you the divine yoke, and you will experience the peace of God, which passes all understanding." ~ The Urantia Book, (144:8.8)

"Again I say to you: Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door of salvation will be opened." ~ The Urantia Book, (144:2.3)

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The Presence Of God

"When, by living faith, you become divinely God-conscious, you are then born of the spirit as children of light and life, even the eternal life wherewith you shall ascend the universe of universes and attain the experience of finding God the Father on Paradise." ~ The Urantia Book, (193:0.3)

"Every honest attempt of the material mind to communicate with its indwelling spirit meets with certain success, notwithstanding that the majority of all such magnificent human experiences must long remain as superconscious registrations in the souls of such God-knowing mortals." ~ The Urantia Book, (133:4.10)

"It matters little what idea of the Father you may entertain as long as you are spiritually acquainted with the ideal of his infinite and eternal nature." ~ The Urantia Book, (161:1.3)

"It is not so important that you should know about the fact of God as that you should increasingly grow in the ability to feel the presence of God." ~ The Urantia Book, (155:6.12)

"The goodness of God leads to repentance; the beneficence of God leads to service; the mercy of God leads to salvation; while the love of God leads to intelligent and freehearted worship." ~ The Urantia Book, (149:6.4)

"I would teach you to 'love God and learn to do his will, for that is the highest privilege of the liberated sons of God.'" ~ The Urantia Book, (149:6.7)

"... he speaks within the human heart as a still, small voice, saying, `This is the way; walk therein.' Do you not comprehend that God dwells within you, that he has become what you are that he may make you what he is!" ~ The Urantia Book, (148:6.10)

"The bonds of time may seem to afflict you, but the God of eternity loves you." ~ The Urantia Book, (147:3.3)

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The Business Of Living

"You are not merely to proclaim the joys of heaven but also to exhibit in your daily experience these spirit realities of the divine life since you already have eternal life, as the gift of God, through faith." ~ The Urantia Book, (191:5.3)

"You are not to be saved because you live a righteous life; rather is it that you live a righteous life because you have already been saved, have recognized sonship as the gift of God and service in the kingdom as the supreme delight of life on earth." ~ The Urantia Book, (150:5.5)

"Life in the Father's eternal creation is not an endless rest of idleness and selfish ease but rather a ceaseless progression in grace, truth, and glory. Each of the many, many stations in my Father's house is a stopping place, a life designed to prepare you for the next one ahead. And so will the children of light go on from glory to glory until they attain the divine estate wherein they are spiritually perfected even as the Father is perfect in all things." ~ The Urantia Book, (181:1.2)

The religion of the spirit means effort, struggle, conflict, faith, determination, love, loyalty, and progress. ~ The Urantia Book, (155:5.11)

Show yourselves to be loyal citizens, upright artisans, praiseworthy neighbors, devoted kinsmen, understanding parents, and sincere believers in the brotherhood of the Father's kingdom. ~ The Urantia Book, (178:1.17)

You are not to be passive mystics or colorless ascetics; you should not become dreamers and drifters, supinely trusting in a fictitious Providence to provide even the necessities of life. ~ The Urantia Book, (178:1.14)

"Whosoever wishes to be my disciple, let him disregard himself and take up the full measure of his responsibilities daily to follow me." ~ The Urantia Book, (159:5.10)

"If any man would come after me, let him disregard himself, take up his responsibilities daily, and follow me. For whosoever would save his life selfishly, shall lose it, but whosoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's, shall save it. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul ? What would a man give in exchange for eternal life ? Be not ashamed of me and my words in this sinful and hypocritical generation, even as I will not be ashamed to acknowledge you when in glory I appear before my Father in the presence of all the celestial hosts." ~ The Urantia Book, (158:7.5)

Difficulty whets the ardor of the truth lover, while obstacles only challenge the exertions of the undaunted kingdom builder. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.21)

"You are to let your light shine but do so with wisdom and discretion. No man, when he lights a lamp, covers it up with a vessel or puts it under the bed; he puts his lamp on a stand where all can behold the light." ~ The Urantia Book, (151:3.1)

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Tough Love

"I assert that no man can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one while he despises the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." ~ The Urantia Book, (169:2.7)

"Humility before God is altogether appropriate in the depths of your hearts; meekness before men is commendable; but the hypocrisy of self- conscious and attention-craving humility is childish and unworthy of the enlightened sons of the kingdom." ~ The Urantia Book, (149:6.10)

"You are hardly worthy of the kingdom when your service consists so largely in an attitude of regretting the past, whining over the present, and vainly hoping for the future. Cease your useless yearning and go forth bravely doing that which concerns the establishment of the kingdom." ~ The Urantia Book, (155:1.3)

"Whatever thing or person comes between you and the love of the truths of the kingdom, must be surrendered." ~ The Urantia Book, (163:3.3)

"True and genuine inward certainty does not in the least fear outward analysis, nor does truth resent honest criticism. You should never forget that intolerance is the mask covering up the entertainment of secret doubts as to the trueness of one's belief." ~ The Urantia Book, (146:3.2)

Offer not consolation to those who lie down before their troubles without a struggle. Sympathize not with your fellows merely that they may sympathize with you in return. ~ The Urantia Book, (159:3.11)

You are destined to live a narrow and mean life if you learn to love only those who love you. ~ The Urantia Book, (156:5.11)

"I say to you: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who despitefully use you. And whatsoever you believe that I would do to men, do you also to them." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:3.15)

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Finally...

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid." ~ The Urantia Book, (140:4.4)

"...I have not come to call the would-be righteous but sinners and all who hunger and thirst for the righteousness of divine perfection." ~ The Urantia Book, (137:8.16)

The real universe is friendly to every child of the eternal God. ~ The Urantia Book, (133:5.8)

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. I am the vine, and you are the branches." ~ The Urantia Book, (180:2.1)

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