It is often only when stern necessity forces one to take an immediate stand for divine Principle that the word "now" becomes pregnant with meaning to us. Being forced to take such a stand, the Christian Scientist not only gains a clearer and more comprehensive meaning of the word, but is enriched proportionately with a greater degree of alertness and confidence.

That Paul realized its importance is proved by a study of his words to the Corinthians. In pleading with them to "receive not the grace of God in vain," he presented to them this fact: "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Not to-morrow or next week, but now! What would be thought of the soldier on the battle field, surrounded by enemies, deferring or even delaying the duties of the moment? Just as the loyal soldier must meet and try to defeat the enemy when it presents ifself, so must the Christian warrior, enlisted in the battle for Spirit, God, meet and defeat the enemy thoughts when they present themselves. On no other basis can the battle for Spirit, Mind, be won.

Love and Reason
September 11, 1926

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