In his epistle to the Galatians Paul writes, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Of all the qualities here mentioned the one that at first sight may seem to lack inspiration is that of longsuffering. In the common usage of the word, long-suffering does not seem very desirable; and yet it is intimately associated with patience; and patience is essential to the student of Christian Science who is traveling on his journey from sense to Soul with the desire to gain the fruits of the Spirit.

There is nothing more inspiring, more truly active, than the work which is the outcome of patient endurance. To endure with patience the difficulties of material existence, with its sin, sickness, and death, is not to go through dark times helplessly waiting for a brighter future, with either calm resignation or dogged determination. Instead, it is to make these experiences grand opportunities to work through the mists "into the glorious liberty of the children of God," with the realization that, in spite of what the material senses would have us believe, "the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." When troubles appear most overwhelming is the time to remember the words of the Holy One of Israel quoted in Isaiah, "In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength."

Our Leader writes in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 454): "Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must 'have her perfect work.'" God's work is done; but divine Mind is ever active still. Not for one single instant need we remain in dark place, feeling overwhelmed with what appears to be cruel and relentless. But if the darkness is to be lifted, a light must shine; and all that is required of us is to light the torch of spiritual understanding and patiently, perseveringly, let it illumine the dark recesses of our thinking and lift us out of the illusion that man is material and must therefore bow down before so-called material laws.

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Love Thinks No Evil
April 28, 1928

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