"Honest and consistent"

On page 458 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes: "The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself. He does violence to no man. Neither is he a false accuser. The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind." As we ponder this simple yet profound passage, our thought becomes inspired by the strength and freedom depicted therein. A great desire for further spiritual understanding is born within us, which, breathed in an earnest, humble prayer to God, illumines with glad hope the pathway of the sincere beginner in Christian Science. This process of active spiritual desire for growth in grace gains strength and momentum as the student finds himself willing and able to yield up his personal beliefs, and strives to be "honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind," thus letting Principle govern his thought and action. Every effort in this direction adds continually to his peace and joy, for he is learning to love as Jesus loved, and proving that "he is faithful that promised."

The pathway of Truth is straight and narrow, that is, scientific and exact; and each one has to tread it alone with God. Remembering this, shall we not thankfully lay aside our personal sense of right, knowing that Principle, divine Mind, is the only sure guide, and that Mind governs all its own ideas? Before the truth about God and man was perceived, human relationship seemed to consist chiefly of variable and often purposeless love and hate, admiration and condemnation, approval and disapproval, shifting shadows of mortal thought which based their existence on qualities equally elusive, namely, the habits, beliefs, tastes, opinions, and supposed character of those with whom we came in contact. Christian Science, in one great beam of light and love, destroys these mortal illusions. Through its teachings we perceive that man, as the image of divine Love, must be ever lovable. We learn also, though sometimes with greater difficulty and after many lessons, that the smallest indulgence in uncharitableness of thought or word breaks the ninth commandment.

February 23, 1924

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