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both small and great (servants of God)

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Announcements Forums Spirit – February 7th, 2016 both small and great (servants of God)

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    barbw
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    The part of a Lesson citation referred to in my Forun topic, both small and great, (Rev. 19:5) reminds me to address the temptation to envy those who are more advanced in Science, in their spiritual progress, (or in any other way) or to be troubled by the comparison. The following Bible verse has in the past, and does today, so addresses this need for me, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5) It’s hard to imagine greater comfort or assurance. Thank you Father for speaking to each of us where we are or seem to be.

    #447
    MaryBeth
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    Who says anyone is ever better in anyway than yourself? Is God saying that? Of course not! God’s Love is impartial and infinite. Understanding and all good comes from reflection alone – it is never a personal endowment. Covetness is the ploy of the devil. It puts you in the wrong mind, disobeys God and His commandments and should never be tolerated! When I realized that fact and shut the door on this devilish suggestion it enabled me to make progress I could never have made otherwise. When I was busy wishfully thinking about what I perceived as other people’s progress, understanding and the like I was ignoring my own “wheat field” and not being grateful for the good God had bestowed on me and so limiting myself from gaining the great good God has for all His children. There is a reason we have the command – “Thou shalt not covet.”!

    #460
    barbw
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    Very helpful response to my post. Thank you!

    #467
    barbw
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    Mary Beth’s post about envy is quite a wakeup call. I don’t think I ever before recognized how serious it is, and sometimes it comes in subtle, or what appear at first to be harmless forms. In searching Science and Health I found that Mrs. Eddy groups envy with some very Godless traits, for example, “Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy, malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth” (SH 241:9-11) and in further support of how serious, “Man’s enslavement to the most relentless masters — passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge — is conquered only by a mighty struggle.” (SH 407:6-8)

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