Saturday, 28 January 2017

The fruits of the Spirit

A thing that costs you nothing is valued at nothing. Just in proportion to the real love and sacrifice will be the value to your own Soul. In other words, what we love we work for, sacrifice our time and money for. And out of those things, or their inner force, is our character built up. If we value dress, earthly gain, self-indulgence or earthly honours, we work and sacrifice for them, and the inner force that creates the desire grows into our character. And soon we have either a frivolous, miserly, inordinately selfish or ambitious character. If we desire the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, patience and humility—we will exert our every effort for them. And the effort thus put forth will grow into character, for only through effort can we ever gain them.

Letters from the Teacher, Teachings of the Order of the 15