Testimony-giving

In the Church Manual (Art. VIII, Sect. 24) Mrs. Eddy says: "Testimony in regard to the healing of the sick is highly important. More than a mere rehearsal of blessings, it scales the pinnacle of praise and illustrates the demonstration of Christ, 'who healeth all thy diseases.' " In studying the Bible a short time ago, I read from Luke's gospel the account of the healing of a woman who had been sick twelve years. We are told that she had been to many physicians, and had spent all she had in trying to get well, but had not succeeded. She had, however, such faith in the power of God that she felt if she could just touch Jesus' garment she would be free. When she did so Jesus said, "Who touched me?" Then, as we read, "she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately."

From the study of this chapter it seemed very manifest to me that Jesus considered testimony highly important. No matter how insignificant the healing may seem to be, to tell it before "all the people" helps one to realize more of God's great power and goodness, and that the promises are fulfilled here and now, as any one may prove. The Bible statements are true, and can be proved by gaining a knowledge of the spiritual interpretation of the Bible as given in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy. Any one who is willing to search can find. The simplest testimony glorifies God, and in being obedient to this call, we can surely hear, as did the woman, these blessed words: "Thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace."

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