Joy in Temptation

How often have Christian Scientists allowed themselves to be puzzled and discouraged because, although they had done their metaphysical work as well as they knew how, the material problem seemed still to be unsolved. Let them take courage. God's law will put things right, at the right time and in the right way; it has only to be properly understood and obeyed. The promise is clear. As Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 248), "Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health, holiness, love—the kingdom of heaven—reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear."

We must beware, however, of turning to matter to test the operation of Spirit, by outlining material results. It is our business "to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone are real and harmonious" (ibid., p. 419). It is not our business, as soldiers of the cross, to say when the warfare shall cease. We may be fighting a bigger battle than we know; and there may be higher victories before us than we can at the moment see.

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