Standing Firm and Rejoicing in the Truth

"No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." These words of Christ Jesus are recorded by Luke in the ninth chapter of his Gospel. How often they have rebuked the Christian Scientist when he wavered in his purpose, hesitated to go forward in the work to which he had set himself! No genuine Christian Scientist puts "his hand to the plough" before he has demonstrated to some extent the healing power of Truth as Christian Science reveals it; but having proved the efficacy of spiritual truth and had his faith in it thereby established, he takes up the healing work, earnestly desirous of making it a success.

The Christian Scientist must always be replenishing his store of spiritual truth. Take the case of a practitioner of Christian Science. He is frequently called upon for help by those laboring under some form of disease or sin. Probably he has to listen to much error, poured into his ears with, apparently, strong conviction. This calls for watchfulness on his part lest he accept the erroneous suggestions and thus fall a victim to them. He is enabled to be vigilant by keeping his thought in communion with Truth, whereby his knowledge of real being is sustained and replenished. Knowing Truth's allness and error's nothingness, he denies the suggestions of material sense. And in this way he helps those who seek his aid, the while he protects himself.

But error may seem persistent, and difficult to overcome. When the Christian Scientist encounters such a condition, he may have to put forth much effort to attain the clear realization of the truth necessary to overcome the error in the case on hand. That should not dismay him, however, for every effort after clearer understanding meets with certain reward: it never fails to strengthen, and even to rest one. As Mrs. Eddy writes on page 426 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one."

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Reality is Power
June 1, 1935

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