"The warfare with one's self"

In the priceless article entitled "Obedience," in "Miscellaneous Writings," our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, has written (p. 118), "Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with you,—and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory." How comforting to realize that divine Principle is working with us! What encouraging words with which to meet that persistent foe—the false sense of self, with its self-centered and self-embound thinking! And do not these words recall to thought the joyous words of the Master, Christ Jesus, "Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world"?

The worldly concept of warfare is that of a struggle for supremacy between two foes. The Christian Scientist's warfare is the struggle to overcome the false testimony of material sense. The belief that one has a selfhood of his own apart from God, that he has a life of his own, an inheritance of fleshly ills, hereditary traits, a limited supply, or that he is growing old and weary, must go down and out before the realization that his true inheritance is good and abundant, his life eternal and secure, his disposition loving and lovable.

Love and Business
November 6, 1937

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