WHAT ARE OUR MOTIVES?

Our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, lays great stress on the value of right motives. So vital did she consider this subject that she has given us a By-Law in the Manual of The Mother Church entitled "A Rule for Motives and Acts" (Art. VIII, Sect. 1). A motive determines action. In her writings Mrs. Eddy makes clear how necessary it is to examine our motives and see if they are to prove in our daily experience the ever-presence of God's harmonious government, blessing each and all, or if they are to gain personal aggrandizement and mere human success.

In the well-known story of David and Goliath, which is given in the seventeenth chapter of I Samuel, diametrically opposite motives and their unmistakable results are vividly brought out. Goliath, arrogant and boastful, motivated by pride, personal power, and prestige, defied the armies of Israel and boasted his human ability to overcome anyone who might be sent against him.

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