Wise Discrimination

Students of Christian Science are all acquainted with Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, and also know the high estimate put upon it by Mrs. Eddy. They do not, however, always remember that its sublime teachings can be understood only in the ratio of their own spiritual growth. It is true that certain parts of this wonderful sermon make their appeal to us at certain stages of our unfoldment, and it is quite proper for us to work along the lines therein pointed out, both for ourselves and for those who may seek help from us in Christian Science, but sooner or later we must come to understand this great sermon as a perfect whole.

In the fifth chapter of Matthew, Christ Jesus lifts thought above the outward acts which are a violation of divine law, and goes direct to the lust or hate which precedes and impels the act. In the seventh chapter of this gospel the tendency to pass judgment upon others is briefly but effectively dealt with, and appeals very strongly to students of Christian Science who perhaps were wont in the past to criticize harshly and heedlessly those who in their judgment were not living up to the divine requirements. Very few persons, however, receive treatment in Christian Science for physical ailments, without having their attention called to the greater need for spiritualization of thought and for obedience to all and not merely some of the teachings of our Master.

Christian Unity
February 3, 1917

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