Purity of Motive

A great responsibility rests upon the members of the Church of Christ, Scientist. For no people in the world know better than they the power of right thinking to bless themselves and to influence others for good, and also the falsity of the opposite thought which is apparently able to produce effects that are bad on themselves and others. Christian Scientists know this and, accordingly, certain questions persist in coming to them which will not be stilled, such as, Am I faithful enough to my understanding of good? Am I watchful enough in guarding my consciousness from evil? Am I doing my duty to myself and my fellow-men by steadfastly adhering to the law of God, thereby blessing all, and refusing to condescend to the mean and puerile methods of the spiritually unenlightened human mind?

If one ponders such question it will be surprising should he find himself entirely satisfied with his efforts. For who among us has attained but to a limited measure of the Mind of Christ? Who is demonstrating that Mind so perfectly as to be entirely without sin, that is, to have risen above all material thinking? Who has more than approximated in spirituality the great Way-shower, Christ Jesus? We can be happy over our spiritual attainments, rejoicing in the demonstrations over matter and evil which an understanding of Spirit and its laws has enabled us to make; but no one can afford to dispense with humility, that gracious quality which is as a powerful lens to show us where we stand in the way Spiritward.

The constant endeavor of the student of Christian Science is to utilize divine Mind in all his doings, and whether these relate solely to himself or have a bearing on the lives of others. The spiritually unenlightened human so-called mind is a constant blunderer, a maker of mischief, a prolific source of inharmony, a wrecker of human happiness and peace. Its belief in the reality of matter makes it the tool of so-called evil, and under the mesmeric influence of this falsity—evil—it apparently produces untold suffering.

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October 5, 1929

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