Persuasion

Everyone should set himself to understand the true nature of persuasion in order that he may yield his thought to no other. Referring to Christian Science on page 3 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany," Mrs. Eddy writes, "This Science is a law of divine Mind, a persuasive animus, an unerring impetus, an ever-present help." This "persuasive animus" saves one from following "the line of least resistance"—that is, drifting with the currents of false mental suggestion through not knowing how to resist them, nor being certain that one even desires to do so.

The "persuasive animus" of Christian Science holds before one the perfection of God and man. It unmasks and nullifies the material beliefs and influences which distort judgment, weaken moral courage, and persuade men to do wrong instead of right. The "unerring impetus" of Christian Science curbs foolish impetuosity. It brings the thoughts of those who are teachable under the control of the all-wise divine Mind, and thereby destroys the habit of making voluntary or involuntary mistakes. Christian Science enables one to supplant inertia and also perverted will power with active obedience to God, good, in compliance with the injunction, "Cease to do evil; learn to do well."

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