"The warfare with one's self"

Every sincere student of Christian Science is alive to the need of mastering whatever tends to hinder his spiritual progress. The apostle's words to the Galatians persistently present themselves to his thought: "And thy that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit." paul certainly put spiritual things first! Students of Christian Science admit the sincerity, the reasonableness, of his words, and pray for the understanding, patience, and steadfastness which will enable them to be faithful to them.

The flesh! The term may be taken as embracing all the material beliefs held by mortals—the sensuous, the sinful, the depraved; self-righteousness, self-will, envy, jealousy, hatred, malice, revenge, covetousness. All such evil beliefs are related to "the flesh." And it is these which the Christian Scientist in the warfare with himself must scientifically overcome through spiritual understanding, in order that health, happiness, and peace shall be established within him. Mrs. Eddy writes on page 118 of "Miscellaneous Writings," "Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all happiness."

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