Do It in the First Instance

Frequently the student of Christian Science finds the auxiliary verb "must" in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy. "Must" means to "be obliged to (do)." Mrs. Eddy uses it to indicate what are the imperative and inescapable demands of divine law on each individual.

She says to each of us. "You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 234). Here is a truth the individual has to accept and put into practice as a prerequisite to gaining enduring freedom from sickness, sin, and human discord. The requirement is also expressed in our Leader's imperative statement (ibid., p. 390), "Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought."

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