Obedience and Healing

The spiritual illumination shed by Christian Science upon the life of our Master shows us that in no thought, word, or act was he superficial. In each account of healing wrought by him, in addition to the proof and encouragement afforded thereby may be found inspiring lessons, discernible to all who, breaking away from the trammels of old theological and materialistic training, will look deeper through the clear lens of spiritual understanding.

The story of the healing of the ten lepers, of whom but one returned to give thanks, has always served to bestir appreciation and gratitude, but to the careful student yet other rich and helpful lessons are revealed. In nearly every case of healing wrought by Jesus it is to be noted that he bade the patient do something, and the healing which followed ready obedience to the command of wisdom must have been dependent thereupon. To the ten lepers he simply said, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests," and they obeyed without question, although the suggestion might easily have come to them to wait until they were healed before going to the priests; but no, we read that they obeyed the spiritual demand, and "as they went, they were cleansed."

Giving Wisely
January 19, 1918

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