Christ Jesus invariably exercised wisdom in his presentation of the truth. He spoke at the right time and said the right thing, as God directed him. His works of healing and Christlike compassion sheltered him from the shafts of error because he safely depended on his intelligent recognition of the powerlessness of error and the allness of God, or good.

Mary Baker Eddy, who followed the path of our Master very closely, has given us instructions in her writings whereby we may be immune from malpractice, or opposition to Truth. In the Manual of The Mother Church she counsels us in part as follows (Art. VIII, Sect. 6): "It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind." And on page 442 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," she gives specific instructions on how to escape the effects of mental malpractice. She writes, "Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when awake."

To be a law to oneself is to understand and embody the laws of God and to realize that these laws naturally operate to bless and protect everyone. When the laws of God are made our own, we recognize that they are in perpetual action in consciousness, and therefore that man is healthy, happy, safe, and progressive. As Christian Scientists, we have opportunities to prove our immunity from evil, and we can successfully do so if we are obedient to our Leader's counsel.

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