Our Study and Growth

Who has not known the longing to gain more and more understanding of the truth, after some realization has come to him that he is indeed God's child and not the child of sin and error? The beginner in Christian Science sincerely desires to advance in this knowledge of Truth, and often reads on page 495 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" the answer to the question, "How can I progress most rapidly in the understanding of Christian Science?" The first sentence in the answer is this: "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit." To "study thoroughly the letter" seems simple and easy enough, but many of us have found that to "imbibe the spirit" is much more difficult and requires a close walk with God—close in thought, close in word, close in deed. Though the spirit may seem to come to us slowly, we may be sure it will come, if we are faithful in our study of the Bible and Mrs. Eddy's writings, and conform our lives to the teachings therein.

One can readily see that systematic, thorough study results in growth much more quickly than does haphazard study. Practically all Christian Scientists study the Lesson-Sermon daily, and the good coming to the world through the truth revealed in these Lessons and in a degree realized by all who study them cannot be measured. If we even realize the truth of the subject of a Lesson, such as "God the only Cause and Creator," or "God the Preserver of Man," we shall be doing something for a world which believes in all manner of causes, and which feels that man is not likely to be preserved without material means. Then there is opportunity to grasp the special thought brought out in each section, both as regards the Bible references and their correlative passages in Science and Health.

Be Not Weary in Well Doing
February 22, 1919

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