Real Freedom

A Scripture verse that Christian Scientist often quote is, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." The verse is inspiring and of great comfort, but the fact is sometimes overlooked that the wondrous promise it contains follows a loving admonition. The complete quotation is, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

There must be something more than a mere crying out of "Lord, Lord;" there must be the conscious and continuous pursuit of knowledge sufficient to apprehend our discipleship. There must be an earnest striving for the Mind of Christ, for a larger love, and a clinging fast to the Word when sorrow, or hardship, or misadventure seems apparent in experience. There must be an unswerving adherence to divine Principle in the face of seeming defeat, a progressive steadfastness which carries us forward when things appear at a standstill. It is only through steadfastness that we earn that discipleship which enables us to discern the liberating truth.

The Perfect Model
October 4, 1924

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