Doing God's Will

Included in the Lord's Prayer is the clause, "Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." The direct way to discern and do God's will is to start with the scientific acknowledgment that no other will exists but God's will, and that man, in Science, is consciously governed by the one beneficent will of God, good. Christian Science requires us to accept the fact that there is but one perfect Mind, God, and the correlative fact of one divine will. By utilizing this scientific fact, we repudiate the belief in a counterfeit mortal mind and human will power. We bring "into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." In other words, we learn to resist bondage and demonstrate freedom according to the teaching of Christian Science.

One who would do God's will must deny the supposed existence of Mind in matter or matter in Mind, and acknowledge with rejoicing Spirit's unrivaled supremacy. Since thinking precedes acting, doing God's will does not apply merely to one's outward actions. It calls first of all for complete veracity of thought, and this veracity, rooted in divine Principle, finds expression in righteous decisions and actions.

Whoever uses his spiritual understanding to rise above discordant beliefs and feelings is showing his obedience to Principle. He is showing compliance with God's will, for instance, in denying the existence or suggestion of fear, however insistent and rampant may be the false argument. Fear is never a fact. It is only the fictitious appearance of a lie in mortal thought, and it is to be discredited, dismissed, for Jesus said, "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

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Among the Churches
September 18, 1937

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