Constancy and Loyalty

No one can understand the true nature of loyalty who does not first comprehend something of the meaning of constance. "Were man but constant, he were perfect: that one error fills him with faults." Thus wrote Shakespeare; and no one reallizes the truth of this saying more clearly than does the Christian Scientist. To understand how to be constant in allegiance to God, good, would mean a comprehension of loyalty which would of necessity lead into a full and complete demonstration of the perfect Science of being. On the contrary, as the poet has declared, to fail in constancy is to open the way to disloyalty—to all sorts of faults and failures.

Who has not realized many a time that no truly successful attainment can ever be compassed without a constancy of purpose which shall be possible of maintenance in spite of all obstacles. Such constancy must be proved impervious to discouragement or defeat. It must be made up of a steadfast strength and an immovability in right which shall be able to resist any and every temptation to waver or complain. Such constancy can be gained only when united inseparably with loyalty to all that is highest and best.

To attempt, therefore, to bring out loyalty to all that is true in one's living there must go hand in hand with it that constancy which will remain unmoved under every exigency. To undertake to be loyal without such companionship is to undertake the impossible. Only with a foundation laid in unchangeable purity and holiness can that superstructure be raised which is identical with a loyalty divine in nature and effect.

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"Thy lovingkindness, O God!"
May 15, 1926

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