Amid the prevalent unrest and confusion in the world, students of Christian Science find deep satisfaction and comfort in the glorious truths, admonitions, and promises given in their Book of books, the Bible. For instance, in the 119th Psalm is this arresting statement: "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."

David, through his steadfast love for God and His law of good, proved the truth of these words many times. As a young shepherd boy he challenged and conquered the giant Goliath, who had paralyzed the armies of Israel. This act of valor was so widely acknowledged that it aroused King Saul's jealousy and hatred and led him to plan David's destruction. Eventually David was forced to live as a hunted animal among the caves of the hills. But this injustice did not embitter him toward his king. Because he loved God's law, David knew no offense. Great was his peace. His love of God was such that he twice resisted the temptation to kill Saul when he lay sleeping within his power.

God is unchanging Love. He is conscious only of His own self-existent goodness. He knows nothing of the machinations of so-called mortal mind taking form in hatred or cruelty. If another power could exist. He would not be infinite; He would not be God. His creation is pure and Godlike, incapable of offense or desire to offend. The lie that says there are offenders and offenses comes from the tempter, or serpent, which says, "There shall be gods many." Should this tempter ever whisper into our ears that we have been offended, we, like David, must deny it quickly and immediately flood the heart with love. Uninterrupted, harmonious relationships are an integral part of God's plan, and this divine order is demonstrable through Christian Science.

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August 13, 1949

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