"Think on these things"

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul writes, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, ... honest, ... just, ... pure, ... lovely, ... of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." And on page 497 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy has set forth "the important points, or religious tenets of Christian Science," the sixth of which reads, "And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure."

These requirements are for all. What does it mean to be obedient to them? It means putting off the old and putting on the new. It means the beginning of the new birth. And on page 15 of "Miscellaneous Writings" Mrs. Eddy says: "The new birth is not the work of a moment. It begins with moments, and goes on with years." It means that we are watching and praying for that Mind to be in us "which was also in Christ Jesus."

We are spiritualizing our thinking by knowing that God is the only Mind. We are lifting our thoughts above materiality, above thoughts of disease, lack, limitation, confusion; and when we approach this height of spiritual understanding, and our consciousness is filled with these true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and good thoughts, then we are in a degree reflecting that Mind, and consequently are able to heal ourselves and others. This true consciousness, gained and retained, is manifested in the harmony wherein there is no sin, sickness, or death.

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