Freedom to Do the Will of God

In a well-known quotation from Romans, the great Apostle Paul says, "The good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do." This statement, together with the verses following it, furnishes much food for thought. So often we find ourselves being thoughtless, selfish, or uncharitable, speaking too sharply, thinking critically of another, carelessly doing some little unkindness. There are also the sins of omission. In many ways we find that we are not living up to our true selves; there are thoughts which slip by our mental guard, and neglected opportunities to do good. Regret often comes too late, and we long to know how to prevent these errors.

All who are studying Christian Science can see how to prevent such occurrences. As we try to make Christian Science practical in our lives, we find many false traits of character which have to be faced, and then effaced by the truth, which shows us our true selfhood as God's children. When we once recognize the fact that the evil which we "would not" does not belong to us at all, and therefore cannot be in control of our actions, two thirds of the error is overcome. We can at the same time realize that the good that we "would," we can do by knowing that there is nothing separating us from our divine Principle, God. We do not have to submit to the influence of mortal mind, which would make us do the opposite of what we should do. We can declare and prove that we are free to do the will of God, good.

Immortal Man
July 5, 1941

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