And then there is the forgiveness, mercy, and love of the more enlightened for the more primitive. And how might that be shown as ministry to those who suffer from fear or pride? For certainly do many who believe in salvation also tremble in fear of their certainty in God's wrath and the eternal suffering that awaits the unworthy...and unsaved.
What a burden to bear. I know of it first-hand. Perhaps it is true that some such become smug, self righteousness, even arrogant in their spiritual pride. But, I think, many more fear unworthiness and have deep anxieties and uncertainties and yet give testimony and witness anyway hoping to express loyalty and duty and their faith in salvation and resurrection.
How enlightened are we who then feel superior to those who lack our knowledge, insights, and truth perspectives of universe realities? We who Jesus warned about being so concerned with the sawdust in another's eye while ignoring the beam that blinds us still.
Spiritual pride is a subtle companion that so often accompanies those of us who travel the Pilgrims Path. None are immune to its insidious poisons as it seeks to flatter the believer into feeling special...and superior.
I know I must be on guard myself for all such self flattery and self importance and all thoughts which might reduce the value of others or dismiss their own valiant struggle to achieve their destiny and potential. Humility demonstrates far greater enlightenment than pride can ever achieve I think.
Anyway bless those who seek to share the light of God's reality and hope of salvation to others and may we be as loyal in our own duty to share our light within in service to our fellows who crave truth and hope and struggle in fear and doubt amid the uncertainties of life.
100:4.4 (1098.1) In physical life the senses tell of the existence of things; mind discovers the reality of meanings; but the spiritual experience reveals to the individual the true values of life. These high levels of human living are attained in the supreme love of God and in the unselfish love of man. If you love your fellow men, you must have discovered their values. Jesus loved men so much because he placed such a high value upon them. You can best discover values in your associates by discovering their motivation. If someone irritates you, causes feelings of resentment, you should sympathetically seek to discern his viewpoint, his reasons for such objectionable conduct. If once you understand your neighbor, you will become tolerant, and this tolerance will grow into friendship and ripen into love.
100:4.5 (1098.2) In the mind’s eye conjure up a picture of one of your primitive ancestors of cave-dwelling times—a short, misshapen, filthy, snarling hulk of a man standing, legs spread, club upraised, breathing hate and animosity as he looks fiercely just ahead. Such a picture hardly depicts the divine dignity of man. But allow us to enlarge the picture. In front of this animated human crouches a saber-toothed tiger. Behind him, a woman and two children. Immediately you recognize that such a picture stands for the beginnings of much that is fine and noble in the human race, but the man is the same in both pictures. Only, in the second sketch you are favored with a widened horizon. You therein discern the motivation of this evolving mortal. His attitude becomes praiseworthy because you understand him. If you could only fathom the motives of your associates, how much better you would understand them. If you could only know your fellows, you would eventually fall in love with them.
100:4.6 (1098.3) You cannot truly love your fellows by a mere act of the will. Love is only born of thoroughgoing understanding of your neighbor’s motives and sentiments. It is not so important to love all men today as it is that each day you learn to love one more human being. If each day or each week you achieve an understanding of one more of your fellows, and if this is the limit of your ability, then you are certainly socializing and truly spiritualizing your personality. Love is infectious, and when human devotion is intelligent and wise, love is more catching than hate. But only genuine and unselfish love is truly contagious. If each mortal could only become a focus of dynamic affection, this benign virus of love would soon pervade the sentimental emotion-stream of humanity to such an extent that all civilization would be encompassed by love, and that would be the realization of the brotherhood of man.