Bearing Witness

Jesus said, "To this end was I born, for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth." The students of Christian Science are learning that they also must bear witness to the truth. One might ask: How can I do this? Surely the answer will come with the question; for it is an obvious fact that whenever we live the truth and whenever we replace an evil suggestion with a right idea, we are surely bearing most convincing witness to truth.

One of the Ten Commandments reads: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." Then dare we accept and hold in thought or allow our tongue to repeat that about our neighbor which is not true of God's idea, namely, experiences of sin, sickness, or death, with their various shadings of criticism, strife, envy, dishonesty, inharmony, hatred? Rather, is not each temptation to do so an opportunity to bear witness to the truth learned in Christian Science about man; to reject the lie and to replace each claim of error with truth in one's own thought and action, and thus keep on pouring out the balm of healing? Then we will know why Jesus said, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also." Oh, what a joy to gain a victory over error in these simple, everyday occurrences. How much more worth while it is to live, and how busy we all may be in doing the so-called little things which mean so much in establishing our heaven right here and now.

To bear witness to the truth means to make good—not merely to believe in good or to talk good. Bearing witness to the truth necessitates a loving, unselfish desire to give the best in us to God's service; to fit ourselves that we may be efficient standard bearers, willing, obedient, faithful. One of the most acceptable ways in which one may bear witness to the potency of truth is in taking stock mentally very often of the thoughts uppermost in one's consciousness; to see to it that they are the kind of thoughts which will make for growth in peace, health, usefulness.

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July 5, 1919

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