Obedience to Spiritual Law

In Paul's second epistle to Timothy we read, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." And Mrs. Eddy has written in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 241), "Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river of ice."

In the Biblical narrative of the healing of Naaman, as given in II Kings, there are wonderful lessons to be learned by him who approaches the study of the Bible reverently, and with a desire to understand the spiritual meaning contained therein. This signification of Scripture is available to all, and is attainable by all who are willing to lift thought above and beyond the material sense of existence, lovingly striving to learn of God, good, and willingly obedient to the demands of God's law.

The first lesson in the Scriptural narrative referred to is in the attitude of the little maid of Israel who had been taken captive and placed in an environment entirely foreign to her. Instead of spending her time in rebellion at the lot which had befallen her, she saw an opportunity to speak of the man of God who could heal Naaman of his leprosy, thus returning good for evil. The lesson teaches us to have love in our hearts for all—not alone for those who please us, but for those also who displease us. It teaches us to replace selfishness with selflessness, and to return good for evil, knowing that the healing truth is for all, whatever the need may be. Whether it be the need of healing of leprosy or sin, we can know that wherever we may be, we can exercise our God-given right to think and act rightly.

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