"Courage" has been defined as "that firmness of spirit which meets danger without fear." We learn in Christian Science that God, being infinite good, knows no adversary or opposite. Therefore man, in His image, knows no opposition to good and no fear. Man, reflecting God, infinite Spirit, is perfect.

Courage, then, is a quality needed in proving our spiritual strength and dominion, and it appears for us as we reflect that divine Love which knows no contests. Moral courage accompanies the self-forgetful devotion to good which is indispensable to our obedience to God's law. When Christ Jesus was asked, "Which is the first commandment of all?" he replied: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Faith accompanies growing spiritual understanding, and we must have moral courage and patience in demonstrating the truth we learn.

The Apostle John said, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear." One whose thoughts are filled with Truth and Love is so busily engaged in doing whatever good he can do that he is not counting the cost to himself. He is confident that good cannot produce evil and cannot be resisted by evil, since God is the only Mind and power. The good to be accomplished so fills his thought that there is no room for selfish doubting. The world has seen countless instances in which self-forgetful love has raised thought far above the reach of fear.

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The Morning Watch
May 16, 1942

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