Our Patient God

"In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error,—self-will, self-justification, and self-love,—which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death." Thus writes our God-inspired Leader, Mrs. Eddy, on page 242 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Paul also speaks of our heavenly Father as "the God of patience and consolation;" and then the apostle goes on to pray that He may "grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God." And what divine patience is needed that we may fulfill these demands!

Mankind has imagined that it has understood something of patience, and that it has expressed this quality frequently and in a praiseworthy manner. As Christian Scientists awake to the work to be performed by every individual that "the adamant of error" may be dissolved; as they see more and more clearly something of what it means to effect this dissolution through understanding and reflecting "the universal solvent of Love," they realize that no ordinary sense of patience can fit them for their work; instead, they must possess patience of the very highest order.

We may not always have seen that it is only our patient God who can bring forth in us that spiritual understanding of patience which will render us equal to the overcoming of all evil. In "Christian Healing" (p. 19) Mrs. Eddy has also written, "Tireless Being, patient of man's procrastination, affords him fresh opportunities every hour; but if Science makes a more spiritual demand, bidding man go up higher, he is impatient perhaps, or doubts the feasibility of the demand."

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Notes from the Publishing House
February 25, 1928

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