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The Christian warfare is both defensive and offensive, or active. The sense of goodness as real, which is gained by the acceptance of Christian precept, has to be proved in practice, and defended against the seeming attacks of evil. These two phases of upbuilding Christian character are essential, and work together as integral factors in the process of spiritual growth. Fidelity and steadfastness cooperate with initiative, constructiveness, courage; for all spiritual qualities coalesce in the Christ, Truth, the manifestation of God, divine Mind.

The necessity of these spiritual qualities in Christian service is graphically illustrated by certain passages in the book of Nehemiah, descriptive of the successful rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, despite bitter, persistent, and subtle opposition. In the fourth chapter it is narrated that after half the work was finished, half of the servants "wrought in the work" and half of them held the spears and other weapons, and that they who builded the wall, "every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon. For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded."

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