"The test of our sincerity"

Christian Science is for every one. The sick, the sorrowing, the distressed, all may come to it; and as they understand and put into practice its teachings regarding the infinite love and goodness of God, they are healed. The sinner, too, may come to Christian Science; and he also will find the way of salvation there, being cleansed and regenerated. In her writings Mrs. Eddy has much to say about sin and how to get rid of it, but perhaps no words of hers in this regard surpass in pithiness and helpfulness those to be found on page 5 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." She writes: "Sorrow for wrong-doing is but one step towards reform and the very easiest step. The next and great step required by wisdom is the test of our sincerity,—namely, reformation. To this end we are placed under the stress of circumstances."

Sorrow for sin, then, is a very necessary step toward reform; but, as our Leader says, it is "the very easiest step." It does not go nearly far enough, however, and it must be followed by reformation. Moreover, this step—reformation—is "the test of our sincerity." He indeed is a hardened sinner who has not "qualms of conscience" after his misdeeds; but of what value are these regrets if they be not followed by repentance and reformation, by the turning away from evil thinking and evil doing into the paths of righteousness? To sorrow for sin and then to sin again is to fail to progress in the spiritual life.

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