The first and most important thing for every little one to learn, is the unyielding nature of true love, and the future of the child whose parents are not wise enough or not strong enough to impart this lesson, is apt to bring him unhappiness if not defeat. To allow a child to grow up with the thought that love consents to his wilfulness and indulgence, is to do him a very great wrong, since he cannot even begin to live aright until he has come to understand that love means unflinching loyalty to the right, to wisdom.

Upon a more mature plane of experience this same lesson must be learned by us all respecting the love of our heavenly Father, that it cannot consent to the unideal; that the law of Love is the law of Truth. Then we come in touch with the Science of being and are able rightly to interpret the Scripture which saith, "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." The divine manifestation is scientific and saving, its human statement perfectly intelligible in the light of Science. The divine government is forever expressed in the maintenance of the immutability of Love, the integrity of Truth.

Our afflictions witness primarily to the presence of error in individual thought, or in that mortal mentality into which we were born and over the belief of which we have not yet fully demonstrated. Further, in so far as we are spiritually apprehensive and aspiring, afflictions should bear witness to the uncompromising stand of divine Truth, which will not let us alone, but punishes us in the sense that it cannot look upon error with the least degree of allowance. "If I make my bed in hell," says the psalmist, "behold, thou art there,"—there to assert and maintain the law of good, the law of Love; and realizing this we can say with Job, "Though he slay me [the mortal sense], yet will I trust in him."

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August 24, 1912

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