There is a balm in Gilead, to make the spirit whole
There is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul
The logic of this notion is that there is a moral order by which the life of the individual is bound. It is inescapable, and applies to all men alike. If this is true, men do reap what they sow; not only because it is so written in the Book, but also because it is a part of the nature of life. In the last analysis life cannot be fooled, however powerful and clever the individual may be. This notion is a dynamic weapon in the hands of the disadvantaged. It makes it possible for them to ride high to life, and particularly to keep their spirits from being eaten away by gloom and hopelessness. The slave made this discovery long ago; this insight came to him crystal clear, and was a boon and a savior (Howard Thurman, Deep River excerpt).