Christian Conduct and Christian Healing

A sincere student of Christian Science must frequently ask himself, "How may I order my life so as to perfect my practice of the art of arts—the healing of those who ask for this Christian service?" One answer to this searching question is that there is an indissoluble bond between the understanding of the letter of Science, as set forth in the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, and the daily conduct of the student. Admonitions as to Christian conduct are plentifully given in Paul's letters to the newly formed Christian churches which he had helped to establish, or which he planned to visit at some convenient time. Throughout his ministry Paul emphasized the need for grace, faith, peace, and power.

Longing to visit the church in Rome, yet not finding this possible at the time, he took advantage of the fact that Phebe, "a servant of the church," was making the journey, and sent by her hand the letter which we know as his epistle to the Romans. In the twelfth chapter there is insistent admonition to practice the Christian virtues. It elucidates his practical idealism.

Recognizing the need to exemplify in our lives the virtues set forth in this chapter, we may pray for them, not in prayer that implies doubt that God is constantly giving forth His qualities to His children, but in the prayer of realization that they are already ours by reflection. There are listed in this chapter definite qualities which a Christian must practice, and evils which he must not practice. Love must be sincere, "without dissimulation." We are to "abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." Moffatt's translation of this is, "Let your love be a real thing, with a loathing for evil and a bent for what is good." There must be alertness in business affairs, and patience in difficult situations—"continuing instant in prayer." We are told to give to those in need, and to be hospitable.

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Riper Fields
June 5, 1937

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