The Grand Warfare

In these days when nation is rising against nation and we are hearing much "of wars and rumours of wars," we are prone to think of warfare only in its cruel, destructive phases. Many people regard warfare primarily as a national or an international problem in which the individuals, especially those enlisted in armies, navies, and so on, have opportunity to render faithful service to the cause they espouse, and that often at a great cost to their individual welfare.

But there is a warfare that is humane and constructive, a warfare in which every individual of peaceful countries, as well as of warring nations, can make a major contribution of immense benefit to himself as well as to his nation and to the world. It is a warfare that is destined to end all destructive warfare—civil, social, political, and industrial, as well as international conflicts of all kinds. That all-important warfare in which we can all be happily engaged is the warfare with the false sense of self, the uncovering and conquering of every unloving and unlovely trait that mars our complete and perfect expression of the one perfect creator, in whose image and likeness we, in our true being, are made.

The Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 118), "Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all happiness. Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with you,—and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory."

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Turning from Person to Principle
September 28, 1940

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