"Be of good courage"

In the second epistle to Timothy it is written, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind;" and in Psalms we read, "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart." Elsewhere in the Scriptures there is much exhortation to have courage,—to meet without dismay the futile efforts of error to establish its claim to be something.

In Mrs. Eddy's published writings there are also to be found many calls upon Christian Scientists to possess courage, and in no less than two hundred instances she uses the word fear and its derivatives to caution her readers against this enemy to mankind's peace and happiness, and to awaken them to the necessity for casting out this evil, which she so frequently couples with its twin companions, ignorance and sin. On page 10 of "Rudimental Divine Science" she writes: "Disease is a thing of thought manifested on the body; and fear is the procurator of the thought which causes sickness and suffering. Remove this fear by the true sense that God is Love,—and that Love punishes nothing but sin,—and the patient can then look up to the loving God, and know that He afflicteth not willingly the children of men, who are punished because of disobedience to His spiritual law." Also on page 373 of Science and Health our Leader says, "The fear occasioned by ignorance can be cured; but to remove the effects of fear produced by sin, you must rise above both fear and sin."

The Tempter Exposed
October 28, 1916

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