Joyous Obedience

Christian Science has a glorious message for humanity, namely, the joyousness of obedience. It teaches that our natural attraction is towards God, good, disobedience being but a vain attempt to separate us from God. In truth man is always obedient to divine Principle. In daily experience conscience enlightened by spiritual understanding is an infallible guide, showing plainly what line of thought to pursue; and obedience guides our steps in the way of progress.

But, one may say, the right way does not coincide with my sense of happiness! While, as earnest students of the truth, we would not disobey the divine leading, we must guard against the tendency to believe that we lack joy in our obedience. We must be careful to avoid any admission that there is merit in suffering as such. How much better it is to improve our sense of joy by the realization that all God's plans for man are good; that they are for his happiness and well-being, and thus are joy-bestowing.

Christian Science: Preventive and Curative
March 17, 1934

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