Jesus said, "I am the way;" and commanded, "Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you;" also "Love one another;" and His life was an example of His precepts. The Master knew His commands embodied principles which, when practiced, would involve the subjugation of qualities that, if allowed to remain unsubdued, would hinder, if they did not utterly crush out, the reflection of the higher.
As man advances toward Truth, error is vanquished. Truth is the only eternal power.
To approach perfection necessitates self-discipline. Obedience to the Master’s commands accomplishes this, for as the law is followed, it energizes and quickens the eternal qualities of the nature to the degree that gives supremacy over all beneath and demonstrates the victory of Truth over error. To love Truth is to love God. Whoever loves it with an ardor that impels him to obey the Master—the ever-present Master—subjects himself to an ordeal in so doing; but it is the only way to establish Truth within. For after the Way is found, the Truth and the Life follow. This brings to him the Divine Power, which only the true disciples of the Master can know.
The precepts of the Master are true, not simply because He spoke them, but because He revealed them, because they are eternal truths. He and His disciples have demonstrated the fact that in these precepts resides a saving power for all humanity when it accepts them.
Comparatively few appear to comprehend the magnitude and importance of the revelation, or to realize the unselfish devotion and love for mankind it required to establish it as a landmark to lead men from darkness into Light. But the few—and we rejoice to see the number increasing in this, the New Day—are appropriating these truths and applying the law as it is today revealed by the same Spirit, and the path of Light grows brighter each moment of time; and slowly but surely the earth is being reclaimed, redeemed by the Light of Heaven.
From The Circle of Light