What Is Obedience?

In one of her writings (Message to The Mother Church for 1900, p. 8) Mrs. Eddy says, "Learn to obey; but learn first what obedience is." Then she goes on to point out that unwilling compliance with another's demand is not real obedience, implying that real obedience is marked by love.

What is obedience? Paul defined it when he spoke of "casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." Actually, then, obedience demonstrates man's likeness to divine Love, for it is manifested in the active reflection of Love's qualities. This demonstration is made possible through the revelation of Christian Science, which teaches us why it is that John made an exact statement when he said, "Now are we the sons of God."

A Valuable Prescription
October 21, 1939

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