Occasionally we hear some one remark, "I have studied quite a little, but I can't seem to understand Christian Science." Mrs. Eddy declares that "the sermon on the mount is the essence of this Science" (Science and Health, p. 271), and it would be well, therefore, for such a one to study earnestly this sermon as found in the Gospel of Matthew, to see wherein he has failed to grasp the fundamentals of scientific Christianity. For instance, where Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God," the student is reminded of the many admonitions and explanations in Science and Health and the other writings of Mrs. Eddy, respecting the necessity for absolute obedience to this requirement of our Master in the daily and hourly striving to be "pure in heart" (thought), in order to "see God" (be conscious of good). The student also realizes that this means constant endeavor to hold pure, healthy, and loving thoughts in place of impure, sickly, and hateful ones, to purify thought in accordance with Christ's teachings as exemplified in Christian Science.

Very soon it dawns upon him that he understands far more of Christian Science than he puts into practice, and that his difficulty was not so much a lack of understanding as the failure to make this understanding practical. When one has reached this point, and is ready and willing to apply his present understanding of our Master's teachings Christianly and scientifically, he finds that he can here and now begin to cope successfully with the problems of humanity and heal its sickness and sin. Improving the talents we have, fits us to receive more; and, according to Christ's precious promises, by doing our very best today, we pave the way for that advanced understanding which leads to all happiness and bliss.

April 29, 1911

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