Heavenly Conversation

The word "conversation" in the Biblical meaning embraces "manner of living; conduct; behavior." In this broader sense "conversation" includes one's thoughts in relation to God, to one's self, and to one's fellow men. Heavenly conversation requires acquaintance with heavenly things. One's consciousness must become imbued with spiritual understanding gained by inspiration and enlightened prayer. Paul voices this thought when he says, "For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ."

Before we can carry on our accustomed conversation with our fellows according to this standard we must know ourselves and our relation to God aright. In "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 151): "Brother, sister, beloved in the Lord, knowest thou thyself, and art thou acquainted with God? If not, I pray thee as a Christian Scientist, delay not to make Him thy first acquaintance."

We converse freely with those whom we know and love. Our communion with God is helpful to us in proportion to our understanding of the divine nature. God is divine Principle, the source and controller of the universe, including man. God is forever imparting to man—the divine image and likeness—the ideas that constitute man's being.

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January 27, 1934

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