Website owner: James Miller
Envy, jealousy, covetousness, pride, hatred, bitterness, lust, inner anger, hostility toward society. Suppose one is afflicted by one or more of these. How does one deal with it? How do you rid yourself of it? Can you get rid of it just by willpower? Just by abstaining, deciding not to do it? I don't think so. Then how do you rid yourself of it? Let us ask a different question. What is the underlying cause of these things? I suggest that the cause lies in underlying mental structure in the form of values, outlooks and attitudes. Not everyone is afflicted with jealousy. Not everyone is afflicted with envy. Not everyone is afflicted with pride or hatred or inner anger. What is the difference between one who is afflicted and one who is not afflicted? I would say it is underlying mental structure in the form of values, outlooks and attitudes. To get out from under envy, or pride or anger there must come a shift in underlying mental structure. What then is the secret to causing changes in underlying mental structure? I would suggest the following answer: Turn to God, commit yourself to his way, and make, as the primary object of your life, the pursuit of Wisdom, Understanding, Truth, Goodness and Virtue. Ask God for wisdom and understanding. The Bible contains a promise: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5). Keep this promise in mind and make this request to God a part of your daily prayer. Ask him for it. Understanding comes in the form of realizing, or appreciating, fundamental truths. It is not something to be learned, it is something to be realized, to be appreciated. And with increasing appreciation of fundamental truth, I believe you will come to appreciate the various teachings of Jesus Christ. Study the teachings of Jesus -- his teachings on humility, meekness, kindness, concern for others, avoidance of strife, forgiveness, peaceableness, patience, honesty, purity, simplicity, self-denial, temperance, contentment with little, goodness, virtue, etc. Study New Testament scripture. Christ's teachings are the embodiment of Wisdom and Understanding. Try to implement these principles in your life. Question the values, outlooks, attitudes and ways of society. Reject and renounce sin. Turn your back on it and eliminate it. Think, reflect, examine, question. Pursue Goodness and Virtue. And I suggest one more thing. Self-analysis. Study yourself. Question and examine yourself. Get to know yourself. And write your observations down. It helps greatly to write it down. Dec 2008 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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