"Judge not"

"THEREFORE thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things." This fearless declaration of Paul's is a "Stand and deliver" to mortal mind, which is always seeking opportunity delicately to insert a suggestion of self-righteousness, where a grosser temptation might never find entrance. Surely there is greatest need to watch and pray that we be not led into temptation but delivered from evil, remembering in all gratitude that temptation cannot, without our consent, affect us.

One phase of fear which besets many beginners in the study of Christian Science is first manifested in a desire to "treat" every person and condition, in season and out, later to be evidenced in the effort to refrain from thinking at all, lest it infringe on man's right of self-government. This apathetic condition is corrected by earnest study and practice of the teachings of our Master and their elucidation by Mrs. Eddy, for it is merely a matter of getting wisdom, "and with all thy getting, get understanding." There is no limitation in this getting, other than we ourselves allow, although it is not enough passively to desire improvement. An active striving for good, against every suggestion of evil is essential, even to the overcoming of self.

Pay Day
April 9, 1921

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