As children of God, it is our privilege constantly to claim our legitimate spiritual birthright of perfection. As Christian Scientists, it is our duty to do so. In the Manual of The Mother Church, Mary Baker Eddy has written (Art. VIII, Sect. 6), "It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion." There is no surer defense than the spiritual understanding of perfection, which Christian Science makes possible. When Christian Scientists sit quietly each morning praying to "know the truth" before the rush of business or household duties begins, it is for the purpose of establishing within their thought for that day the spiritual sense of perfection, and the certain protection it brings.

Beginning with perfect God, Mind, as Christian Scientists are taught to do, they can discern man as the image and likeness of God, perfect and wholly spiritual, and thus see him held in the universal and undeviating law of divine Love. This spiritual understanding of man's relationship to God lifts consciousness to the revelation of the perfect universe of God's creating, wherein is no hatred, no war, no erroneous criticism, no resentment, no injustice, no fear, no sin, and no death. The Christian Scientist, armed with truth, eliminates the false concepts of life from his thought. Thus he possesses the key to the kingdom, and is expectant of nothing but good.

Amidst the conflicting theories and disturbing conditions of a belief in mortal existence, the recovery of one's true selfhood plants the loyal student on the rock of Truth, and gives him the divine sense of security and stability which he must have in order to meet and overcome the vicissitudes of a busy day. No amount of philosophy or wordly intellect can bring the peace and quiet joy the Christian Scientist knows when the correct understanding of God and of man's relationship to God is unfolded to him. This communion with his heavenly Father is the healing thought the earnest student carries with him throughout the day. After preparing his thought in this manner, he is ready and eager to express in abundance the love, the courtesy, the patience, the tenderness, the tolerance, and the grace exemplifies by our dear Master, Christ Jesus. He knows God as the divine source of all that is good. He knows he can give lavishly of the good he has perceived in those early morning hours, for there is no end to the abundance of Love.

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