In conducting a case under Christian Science, a practitioner should show as much understanding in the audible treatment as in the silent work where the healing is accomplished. He learns through many a mistake, perchance, how necessary it is to have his conversation "ordered by the Lord" and to obey our Leader's wise instructions, namely, that "the tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love" (Science and Health, p. 367). He learns that indiscriminate instruction, given only from a mortal sense of enthusiasm, has often a tendency to confuse and frighten the already disturbed thought of the patient and hinder or delay the results of mental work.

The apostles, when called upon for help, used the expression, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth." This seems rather an odd way of addressing people who did not know Jesus or probably regarded him only as an ordinary man. In considering Jesus' mode of address, we find it still more simple. He once said, "Lazarus, come forth," and to the lame man, "Arise, and walk;" to one man, "stretch forth thine hand," to another, "Thy sins are forgiven thee." These simple, straightforward commands would have meant nothing, if used by one less spiritually minded than was Jesus, whose absolutely pure thought and motive caused him to have a wonderful spiritual discernment, so that these words so simply spoken were given with the authority of one who commanded every situation and demanded an obedience which should glorify God.

October 5, 1912

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