"QUICK UNDERSTANDING"

To have our knowledge of the Science of being where we can make instant use of it in time of need is a most praiseworthy attainment. All along our way, from the mere act of mentally denying an unsavory report about our neighbor to picking oneself out of a wreck and instantly affirming the nothingness of mortal evidence, we find much to do if we are consistent Christian Scientists. He who has put these things to the test knows that being constantly clad in the full armor of righteousness insures victory daily, hourly. In the eleventh chapter of Isaiah we read concerning the divinely inspired man that "the spirit of the Lord ... shall make him of quick understanding," so that he shall not "judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears."

It is somewhat disappointing to learn, after an accident or bodily injury, that we have overlooked our privilege of denial until the error has wound its mischievous tentacles about us. How watchful seems mortal sense, and how ready it is to strike us dumb or take away our remembrance of the truth! Can we not become much more alert in affirming the good—our one unfailing defense—and thus, from habit, more effectively fight off evil? The skilled workman strikes the glowing steel while it is hot; it may take its time to cool. No outburst of human passion is ever so glowing but that a prompt denial chills it to a point of harmlessness. If the word we use is silent, it may be all the more effective.

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