In the fifth chapter of Matthew, which gives a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, the last verse reads: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Another rendering of the word here translated "perfect," is "sincere," and sincerity is one of the fundamental requirements of Christian Science.

In our problems in business, in church work, in our ministry of healing the sick and the sinning, if sincerity be lacking, our demonstrations are likely to be protracted and difficult, perhaps impossible. The minimum of truth does wonders, but surely we want the full radiance and not just the merest glint of good. In our daily life we must learn to say what we mean as well as to mean what we say, for one of the commonest and subtlest temptations of evil is to get us to say something so as to convey to another's thought that which is not quite true. The idea of good is incapable of plotting or of guile of any sort.

Our Church Singing
May 22, 1915

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