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The Law

It is a strange truth, a painful truth that while men are prepared to accept the existence of Physical Law, many are chary of admitting Spiritual Law. We know the law of cause and effect in reference to the body. We visit the physician with our afflictions because we believe he understands the law, and understanding, will discover the cause. We are not surprised if, when fire touches our body we are burned. Rather we say, it is the natural consequence God’s law, cause and effect at work.

Those often quoted, but rarely understood words of the Christ "They that sow to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption" is such a common household saying, that we have ceased to wonder at its power, at its beauty, at its truth. If we do wonder, the word "flesh" usually proves our undoing. In all that is physical we will acknowledge the law. We know everything to be but the consequence of other happenings. We concede the justice and truth of the teaching. "As a man sows, that shall he also reap" when the teaching is applied to the Physical. How few apply the law to the Spiritual? How few indeed are they who admit a law for the Spiritual. And yet there is a law. There must be a law. The whole creation is subject to and is the outcome of law. We see its effects everywhere Natures laws are not broken with impunity. A broken law means suffering. Effect will follow cause, in everything we see. Suffering proves the law and shows the way in which we should go. Deviation from that path means pain. Many fear the acceptance of a law of the Spiritual. It is much more easy, much more agreeable to believe our ills come to us undeserved and unmerited, that we reap where we sowed not, that in some mysterious unexplainable manner we may flee from the effects of our Spiritual transgressions, that the law will not work on our lives, that we shall not reap that which we have sowed. We forget in this view we cast aspersions on the Character of God, with Whom no injustice is possible.

When we are happy do not we immediately consider we are receiving the reward of righteous doing? 'Reward' is a wrong word. We admit neither rewards nor punishments in Nature, merely consequences. The same law governs our lives. We may not accept the merit of righteous doing, when we are happy, unless we are prepared to admit the evil doing when we suffer.

All God’s laws are good. It is merely our own fault if we suffer. The natural outcome of a broken law. God cannot prevent His laws from working to save His children the consequence of their folly. We might as well expect the fire not to burn us physically, as hope to transgress spiritually and not reap that transgression. The law that governs the spiritual as the law that governs the physical is of God and being of God is good. Sow ill, reap ill. Sow good, reap good.

We would deem any farmer mad who sowed tares and expected a wheat harvest, or who sowing tares did not anticipate his field blighted and spoiled for a true harvest. And yet he had just as much logic as we who hope not to reap the fruits of our transgressions "Ye cannot gather grapes of thistles."

It is strange the Spiritual law is so little understood. It is as simple as the Physical. Possibly more simple. "As ye sow, that will ye also reap." Why is it so little known, so little comprehended? Why is it so many do not even conceive of the Spiritual law? It is man's own fault, as is the cause of all his sufferings. We have not sought, we have compelled our souls to be satisfied with an impracticable solution, one unworthy of the Creator. It was an easy explanation, and so comfortable. When men carry their intellects, faculties and faith to search for the Spiritual law, as they did for the Physical they will not search long, soon will it be revealed to them. The law is very simple. It requires little effort. It is written over the face of the Universe. Its results are found in our own lives every day of our being. The law so simple is also so good. Infinitely lovely and beautiful.

Would ye be happy? Sow happiness. Would ye be honored? Sow honor. Would ye be trusted? Sow trust. Would ye be loved? Sow love. "As a man sows that shall he also reap. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

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