Holding Fast to Spiritual Truth

ON page 154 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy writes: "Pray without ceasing. Watch diligently; never desert the post of spiritual observation and self-examination. Strive for self-abnegation, justice, meekness, mercy, purity, love." What an appeal for watchfulness and endeavor after holiness! And who will say it is not needed? Not the Christian Scientist, for no one knows better than he the constant alertness and prayer that are required to hold thought steadfastly to Truth.

Christ Jesus made an appeal to his followers for watchfulness, similar to that of our Leader, when he said, "What I say unto you I say unto all, Watch" (Mark 13:37). He knew of the temptations which beset mortal existence, the illusions that suggest themselves to mankind in the guise of the pleasures and pains of material sense. But he also understood God's unlimited goodness, and that the devil—evil—is a lie; and he taught these things, warning his followers lest they should fail in watchfulness. It was a theme to which the Master frequently referred, for even his chosen disciples were apt to be deceived by materiality, thus losing their hold on the spiritual truths which he revealed, and which were the very bread of Life to them.

The Christian Scientist is in possession of priceless spiritual truth. All the spiritual treasure of the Bible is his, and, as well, all the spiritual treasure which in these latter days Christian Science has revealed. And he is wise in the degree that he diligently endeavors to understand this truth and to put into practice. One of the greatest of the truths which Christian Science has made known to him is that there is but one real presence and power—God. Understanding this he realizes that good alone has reality and that, in consequence, he can be conscious only of that which is perfect and harmonious.

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Principle is Love
April 18, 1936

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