Discipline

After teaching in the Christian Science Sunday school for many months with the same group of children, a teacher began to see manifested sings of inattention and restlessness, annoyance of classmates, and indifference to correction. She strove earnestly and conscientiously to meet the situation in a Christianly scientific manner. One day while studying the Lesson-Sermon from The Christian Science Quarterly and seeking divine guidance regarding the condition that needed adjustment in the class, it was seen that discipline must be better understood. Webster's first definition of it is, "The treatment suited to a disciple or learner." Thought naturally turned to those disciples whose teacher was Jesus the Christ. It became clear that teacher and pupil alike in the Christian Science Sunday school were striving to be disciples and learners. The whole question then resolved itself into: What was Jesus' attitude toward his disciples? The complete answer did not come immediately, but with each day's study of the Bible in connection with "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, new light has been shed on this vital question, until some very useful lessons have been learned.

As a first aid the definition of Jesus was studied (Science and Health, p. 589), "The highest human corporeal concept of the divine idea, rebuking and destroying error and bringing to light man's immortality." That Mind which Jesus expressed is just as truly the teacher to-day as in the time of Peter and John. In the presence of such a consciousness the rebuke of error and its destruction can be assured. Who can imagine a disobedient child in the presence of such love for them as was manifested by Jesus, when he said, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God"?

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