Rejoicing in Protection Adequate

Joy is the great antagonist of that mental malpractice by which the overserious may be threatened at times, with which the wicked may agree, and to which the fearful may yield. The glad heart always has splendid resisting power against its assaults. To be full of joy is to have a defense impregnable. At the rebuilding of Jerusalem this was brought out by Nehemiah, who besought the people not to mourn, "neither be ye sorry," he said; "for the joy of the Lord is your strength." At the institution of Christianity, its Founder said to his disciples, "Your joy no man taketh from you."

The basis of this joy is the assurance we have as to the being and character of God, and the settled peace and certainty as to His goodness. Christian Science develops in man the joy of this certainty, and our Leader says (Science and Health, p. 419), "Never fear the mental malpractitioner, the mental assassin, who, in attempting to rule mankind, tramples upon the divine Principle of metaphysics, for God is the only power."

Salvation of the World
February 2, 1918

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