WEBSTER defines the word fruitage as the state or process of bearing fruit; the product or result of any action; effect, good or ill. It is within the province of each one to study diligently the effects of his doing, and where he finds it necessary to make changes in order to reap better results, he should do so without reluctance. In all kinds of vegetation man expects to reap according to the kind of seed planted and every tiller of the soil looks well to the qualities of seed and the preparation of the soil that no stone or clod may hinder the growth. All students of Christian Science have learned that we live in a mental realm, and our pursuits, our purposes, and their success are determined by the quality of our thoughts. On page 272 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, we read: "The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and meek. In the soil of an 'honest and good heart' the seed must be sown; else it beareth not much fruit, for the swinish element in human nature uproots it."

When we learn that holiness cannot be rooted in or grafted upon unholiness, we perceive that if we would reap good fruit we must permit only accurate thinking and refuse to indulge in exaggeration of speech or the use of meaningless words. To learn to think without regard to personality will cause one to steer his course according to the guidance of divine wisdom. What Paul gave us in these words, "God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap," is as true to-day as when he wrote them, because the truth never changes. By looking to the sowing and reaping, one may know the way he is walking. Mrs. Eddy gave us many pages in Science and Health showing the fruitage gained from the study of the book, and as all work, or mental activity, has its fruitage, we have only to look and see what has been sown. Let honesty of thought direct the preparation and the sowing, and let the cultivation be with sincerity and an earnest desire to glorify our Father in heaven, and harmony will be the fruitage, seen in all the various walks of life.

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Fighting Evil
April 9, 1921

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