Obedience has usually been thought of as relating solely to one's actions, and not primarily to one's innermost thinking as required by Christian Science. On page 118 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy states, "Honesty in every condition, under every circumstance, is the indispensable rule of obedience." Only in proportion as one desires honestly to surrender all erring thoughts and motives can spiritual obedience be discerned and attained. The approach to this summit of devout obedience entails many indispensable footsteps.

The first footstep in this ascent obviously is the consistent resolve to be unconditionally obedient to the demands of divine Principle, as far and as fast as we discern them. Like every other spiritual quality, obedience is progressive, forever unfolding fresh demands and blessings. How, then, is one to acquire this indispensable quality? By realizing that obedience is an integral quality in spiritual man, God's image, of whom the beloved disciple writes, "He cannot sin, because he is born of God."

Among the Churches
January 19, 1929

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