The path of true sincerity is a very difficult path. Who among us can accept suffering and inconvenience with joy? How can we accept the actions of those who want to hurt us, even when we realize that they reflect what we ourselves have done in previous lives? Who can accept the rejection of someone who once loved you? How can one not show anger, disdain and disappointment? How can we not feel sorry for ourselves, succumb to our self-pity, and lash out to the people who we feel cause our unhappiness?
In the Heaven’s Truth Church (Tenrikyo), it is said that the path of True sincerity is a difficult path because we cannot avoid what we have done in the past. We reap what we have sowed. But if we accept these self-inflicted inconveniences with joy, we can by the law of causality produce a better future. By our actions and thoughts of today, we create our future. The narrow and difficult path becomes a broad and easy path of God’s blessings.