If We Live Rightly

Throughout the Bible are to be found statements which support the proposition that individual receptivity of good depends upon the moral rectitude of the petitioner. This is indicated in a verse from Psalms, "The Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly;" in one from Proverbs, "Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved;" and in the statement made by Christ Jesus to the impotent man whom he had healed, "Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee." In this admonition Jesus not only warned that sin hides ever present good, but also showed that many times difficulties are sins made manifest—conditions disguised as physical disorders, essentially unmoral conditions of thought, states of unrighteous thinking and living which must be uncovered and corrected.

Not all discord, however, is necessarily traceable to sin, for Christian Science teaches that fear and ignorance also cause and support the false claim of sickness. But because hidden or secret faults seem to be responsible for many difficulties in human experience, a person who has need for a clearer realization of the ever-presence of good can well give earnest consideration to that for which he is individually responsible—thinking and living rightly.

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The Christian Science Pastor
July 14, 1934
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