Obedience

THROUGH obeying God's law men are healed of sickness, sin, poverty, fear, and sorrow. Jeremiah represents God as saying, "Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people." It is when we are not conforming to God's law that we seem to be the victims of the false belief of life and intelligence in matter, as evidenced in a lack of health, a lack of sufficient means to provide for one's necessities, a lack of happiness or well-being, each pointing to lack of at-one-ment with divine law. Step by step, we must learn to yield loving obedience to the Master's commands, and receive the freedom which follows from obedience to spiritual law. "The great miracle, to human sense, is divine Love, and the grand necessity of existence is to gain the true idea of what constitutes the kingdom of heaven in man," writes Mrs. Eddy on page 560 of the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." To gain the true idea of what makes for the reign of harmony, it is necessary to bring "every thought to the obedience of Christ," as Paul said.

This necessity of obedience presented itself to the writer because of her desire to bring up her children in accordance with the teachings of Christian Science, and early to render attractive, practical, and available to them in their daily experiences the power of Truth. We know that the children of divine Love are naturally and spontaneously obedient to God. Without wavering or hesitating, neither blindly nor unwillingly, but instantly and whole-heartedly, do they obey. But the fact is evident that the children of mortals often yield slowly to obedience, and appear not to wish to learn its lessons. Mrs. Eddy says on page 62 of Science and Health, "The entire education of children should be such as to form habits of obedience to the moral and spiritual law, with which the child can meet and master the belief in so-called physical laws, a belief which breeds disease."

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