Basic Work for Victory

It is clear that when one is in a conflict, his need basically is to deal with certain types of thought on the part of himself and the others involved. When these thoughts—greed, hatred, revenge, fear, limitation, and the like—are disposed of, the outward signs of strife disappear, because their root is gone. One of the great services of Christian Science is that it supplies something better than the ordinary human means for this essential work of victory over evil. It shows how divine power may be utilized to such ends.

The method and its value could be illustrated by countless incidents from the experience of Christian Scientists, but one will suffice here. A Christian Scientist had been confronted with bitter antagonism from an associate in his business for many months, and because of it was considering withdrawing from the business. He had done much work on the condition in Christian Science, and had grown in understanding and been comforted through the work, but there were no indications of healing in the relationship. Before deciding to leave the business, he spent a long luncheon period one day working still more earnestly in Science for the solution of the problem.

And in that period he gained the light he needed. He saw that he must—and could—go back to the office knowing without qualification that there was no presence there except God, good, infinite Mind, Life, and Love, and that the only kind of man there perfectly expressed that presence. It was plain to him before he started back that there had already been healing in his own thought, and he had hardly been in the office an hour when there was a spontaneous gesture of good will toward him from the associate, the first in more than a year. That was the beginning of the clearing away of the difficulty, and in a short time, after further progressive thought on the part of the Scientist, the healing was complete.

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Among the Churches
July 25, 1942

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