"The universal solvent"

Man is existent in divine Mind. At no time can he be separated from good. The false senses argue that man is material; that he is in the midst of human problems which cut him off from God's loving care. But there is always a way out of such situations, and that way is found through the guidance of Love. No condition is too severe, no problem too difficult, nor any seeming danger too imminent for Love to solve and vanquish.

Mrs. Eddy admonishes us (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 242), "In patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error,—self-will, self-justification, and self-love,—which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin and death." Nothing more illuminating can be said of Love. However, error does not encourage its own destruction, but seemingly opposes it in every way possible. The arguments of "self-will, self-justification, and self-love," which war against spirituality, advance many seemingly valid reasons against loving, and this "adamant of error" is what constitutes the "law of sin and death."

Self-will is the belief that power is in self rather than in God. The unwillingness of self-will to give way, manifested in material resistance and tension, is always the product of the belief in human will. Sometimes exhaustion is but the reaction that comes in the wake of self-will. One who surrenders to the will of the all-loving Father cannot for a moment consider any plan founded on self-will.

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Prayerful Solitude
April 27, 1935

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