Consistency

Perhaps no human tendency is more usual than the faculty of being inconsistent. Experiences with our friends or relatives in the home, in social, business, or church activities, too frequently reveal this human weakness, and too seldom do we recognize this subtle argument of evil in our own thinking. Expression by word or deed is but the result of thinking, and if that word or deed be erroneous, not in accord with the one right standard, it of course is due to the process of wrong thinking.

It will no doubt be granted that most of us have set a certain idealistic or high moral standard for ourselves, and we deflect from it only through the influence of temptation, from the seeming attractiveness of sin. Often this sin may be of so common a form as to be hardly recognized as such by ourselves or others, and though it be but the selfishness that loves ease and comfort in the flesh, yet it nevertheless is sin. Now sin or evil is not in accord with good, and being at variance with God, divine Principle, is inconsistent. Mrs. Eddy says (Science and Health, p. 354): "Sin should become unreal to every one. It is in itself inconsistent, a divided kingdom." In the home, mental laziness after the day's work may prompt the parent to let down the bars of discipline at a time when rigid rules should be enforced, or a sense of irritation may impel a selfish or domineering demand in place of the usual loving request. Consistency, adherence to Principle, is no part of such experiences.

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