On Purifying Our Motives

When Christ Jesus enjoined upon his disciples the necessity of keeping clean the inside of the platter and of the cup as well as the outside, he taught a valuable lesson by the skillful use of parable. The inside of the cup and of the platter could have been nothing less than one's mentality, the so-called human consciousness; and the keeping clean of these useful utensils had the deep significance of the need to keep thought pure and to hold to proper motives and aims in order that action might be righteous. For by these means and these alone, Christian character is built.

Mrs. Eddy, with characteristic directness, states the futility of evil motives. "A wrong motive involves defeat," she declares on page 446 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." How necessary to success, then, is right motive, sound and pure intention! The desire to be and to do good enlists one on the side of infinite power, and we are told "one with God is a majority." How may we expect to gain that which is worthy and noble through holding to evil aims and desires? "A good intention," says Emerson, "clothes itself with sudden power." That power, we learn in Christian Science, is divine power, which is invoked in proportion as we purify our motives, admitting into our mental household only such thoughts as may be expressed in righteous action. If our motives be sound, we learn to look to God for direction, seeking to know His will, and, learning it, to obey it. This is the means whereby ideals are purified, and the standard of spiritual truth becomes the guide to daily living.

Alone with God
October 10, 1925

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.