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The Cultivation of the Spiritual

The Cultivation of the Spiritual

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BY JAMES G: K. McCLURE

Filled with all the
fullness of God.
Ephesians, iii.19.
BY JAMES G: K. McCLURE

Filled with all the
fullness of God.
Ephesians, iii.19.

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THE CULTIVATION OF THE SPIRITUAL BY JAMES G: K. McCLURE Filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians, iii.19. The grandest object this side of the throne of God is a man, and the grandest element in a man is his spiritual nature. If that spiritual nature is exposed to danger, a true lover of his fellow-man will pray for its safety. Paul was deeply interested in the spiritual life of his friends in Ephesus. They lived in a worldly atmosphere. Their city was rich, brilliant, and gay. Pleasure-seeking was the fashion. Desire for money burned like a fever. Oriental luxury gave to many ques-tionable practices the air of respectability. Even vice was decked gorgeously. Paul realized the peril to Christians in such an environment. His love for them
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drove him to his knees in their behalf. He knew that it was possible for them to possess so vigorous, so joyous a spiritual life that they would be immune to the demoralizing influences that surrounded them. Accord-ingly he prayed with loving earnestness for them, and his prayer came to its last and 229 230 LOYALTY, THE SOUL OF RELIGION highest wish in the petition "that ye may be filled with all the fullness of God." This petition and all that leads to it are distinctly spiritual. It has nothing to do with the virtues of honesty, industry, sobriety, forbearance, or helpfulness. These virtues were, each and all, essential. At other times and in other places they were taught and even enforced. A man could not measure up to the Christian standard unless he spoke the
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truth, worked with his hands the thing that was good, kept from drunkenness, fornica-tion, and every uncleanness, and put away all bitterness, wrath, anger, evil-speaking, and malice. But such virtues or traits of life are not in mind in this prayer. It was a prayer for a heart experience, for a condition of spirit — and that condition such that the inner soul should be suffused to the full with the posses-sion of the very strength and peace of God. It is not often in this day that we hear this theme pressed. We are living in a period when men are summoning one another to righteousness of conduct, when we are em-phasizing the need of exemplary behavior, and when our charge is to be up and doing. The CULTIVATION OF THE SPIRITUAL 231
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