"By the word of their testimony"

STUDENTS of the Bible may be prone to wonder at the apparent ingratitude of the nine lepers who did not return thanks for their healing. "Would not I have hastened back to Christ Jesus to thank him and to praise God?" we ask. Yes, we think we should, and, yet, do we not sometimes manifest ingratitude?

What are some of the manifold excuses that would prevent us from expressing gratitude for the help we receive through Christian Science? The excuses may include procrastination, apathy, inability to perceive present good, pride, fear of criticism, timidity, all of which come under the category of personal sense. Personal sense would keep us silent during our testimony meetings. Personal sense says, "I am nervous," "I am afraid of criticism." Personal sense assumes a fresh phase of seeming formidability at every turn.

Packing Our Knapsacks
September 28, 1940

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