Moral Courage

One of the greatest spiritual assets anyone can possess is moral courage. And think what it must mean to have it when it is accompanied by such qualities as wisdom, purity, and love! Sometimes one meets those who are inclined to regard the possessor of moral courage as an individual who is desirous of having his own way regardless of what others may think, but moral courage when buttressed by wisdom and love could never be guilty of such willfulness; nay, rather, he who has it is tolerant of the opinions of others, and patient, too, because he is assured that that which is right must ultimately prevail.

Moral courage has a scientific foundation: it is always based on faith in the right. The Christian Scientist can carry his analysis of it still farther, even to the very fountainhead of all righteousness, all good—to divine Principle, God Himself. How does he do this? Christian Science teaches that since God is infinite good, good alone is real, and that evil, so called, has but a fictitious or illusory existence. Being convinced of this, he endeavors to place his whole faith in good and to withdraw it entirely from evil. In other words, he learns to trust that which is good or righteous and to lose all fear of evil.

From what has just been said it will readily be seen how valuable is Christian Science in fostering moral courage, that which Mrs. Eddy says on page 327 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "is requisite to meet the wrong and to proclaim the right." What could possibly develop it better than the understanding that good alone is real? It can readily be seen how by dwelling in thought on this great truth, and by striving to demonstrate it continually, there must eventuate a consciousness so convinced of the power of good and of the powerlessness of evil, that it will have attained to a sublime moral courage and be utterly fearless of the threats of evil.

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Divine Love the One Cause
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