"Lest ye enter into temptation"

It is sometimes a trying experience to the young and enthusiastic adherents of Christian Science, and ofttimes to those who have been longer grounded in the faith, to find that they are not exempt from trials and temptations, and that constant vigilance is needed to keep in the straight and narrow way which is the direct road to the kingdom and the Father's house of "many mansions." It is not until they look back and measure the growth in understanding of Him whom to know aright is eternal life, to which they have attained through these very trials and temptations, rightly met and overcome, that they begin to appreciate why it is, as Mrs. Eddy explains on page 22 of Science and Health, that "Love is not hasty to deliver us from temptation, for Love means that we shall be tried and purified."

Mrs. Eddy gives additional emphasis to this statement in the paragraph which follows, where she points out that the goal for which we have set out "is not reached through paths of flowers nor by pinning one's faith without works to another's vicarious effort." So long as things go pleasantly with us, we are too apt to drift with the current of worldly pride and pleasure, putting ourselves though all unwittingly in the way of temptation, until perchance we are brought up with a sharp shock of trial and suffering to a sense of how far and wide we have strayed. Just as the fine gold must pass through the fiery furnace to be cleansed from its dross and impurity, just as the wise gardener prunes away the dead wood with a seemingly ruthless hand that new growth with flower and fruitage may take its place, so the children of the kingdom must, if need be through temptation and trial, be freed from everything that is unlike good, that they may shine as bright jewels among "them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name."

Repose and the Larger View
July 11, 1914

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