Jesus taught that the fullness of God, what he called the Kingdom, is not only near you, but within you—near as your next breath, close as the beating of your heart. But the gate to the sacred realm within is guarded by your thoughts—even the loftiest, most beautiful thoughts of God. The baser thoughts—ugly, crude, and seductive—stand as sentinels, turning you from the divine path. But even the best of them will block the way. Like all living things, a thought or emotion possesses a resilient will to survive and therefore doesn’t like being ignored; and it will stubbornly resist you should it suspect that you intend to give it up entirely.
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