To rejoice always may seem difficult to one struggling under the weight of some problem in human affairs which he has not been able to solve, while discouragement is the most prevalent thought. The writer had battled for some time with a sense of discouragement, for which he seemed to have cause. Weeks became months, and no change; but one day, while thinking the matter over with a great deal of self-love and self-pity, the thought came, What is it that is discouraged; is it God? The answer was No. Then came the demand of Science, Is it God's image or likeness, man? The answer was again No. Then what is it that is discouraged? Scientific deduction showed that if there was anything which was discouraged, it must be God's unlikeness, the devil, the lie. It followed that if the devil was discouraged, there must be a reason for it. So long as one is serving error, the devil, mortal mind is very well satisfied with us and is not discouraged; but when we break faith with error and turn our back upon it, then is when it says, "I am discouraged."

Christ Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." And the truth is that God knows! There can therefore be no discouragement, and His image and likeness, man, is never discouraged,—never was and never will be. This is surely cause for rejoicing! A study of the Scriptures in the light of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, makes possible to work out every problem which confronts us. On page 258 she writes, "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth." As we come to understand more of this divine Mind, it will be clearly seen that there is never any cause for discouragement, and that the remedy for its asserted presence is a fuller realization of the truth of being.

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