Conversation

OUR attention is called to the sermon on the Mount many times in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. One such instance is on page 12 of "Miscellaneous Writings," where she says, "Every man and woman should be to-day a law to himself, herself,—a law of loyalty to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount." And turning to this sermon, we find the verse, "Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." Were this carried out to the letter, there would be little, if any, conversation. But does it not, rather, imply that only good should be voiced, and not evil?

The work of Christian Science goes to the root of all things. It deals constantly with thinking. It reveals the truth and points out the error. It gives us an absolute standard by which we can measure every thought; and it exposes the falsities of so-called mortal mind. This process of analyzing thought may go on constantly under the guidance and control of the teaching of Christian Science; and while wonders may have already been accomplished in each individual consciousness, there is still room for improvement. That it would be well to watch our conversation more closely, there can be no question; for it ever portrays our thinking. Whatever we say expresses our thought, be it good or bad; and greater care can always be exercised that only constructive good shall constitute our speech.

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