STANDING FOR THE TRUTH

"Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Eph. 6:13). When the Apostle Paul was writing to the Ephesians, not only were there pagan beliefs surrounding the little church, but there was the antagonism of the Jewish synagogue and disaffection among their own group. Taking one's stand for the truth and holding to it was sometimes fraught with social ostracism. Having taken their stand, the Ephesians were exhorted not to turn back even in the face of seeming odds, but to be "rooted and grounded in love."

Do we not find ourselves at times in a somewhat similar position when taking our stand for Truth? It may be opposition by someone near to us that occasions putting on "the whole armour of God" and in loving firmness proving the rightness of our position. A woman who had experienced healing in Christian Science wondered if she were right in taking her stand to attend the Christian Science services in the face of her husband's opposition. Her prayer for guidance was answered in an admonition in the hymn which was sung at church that Sunday (Christian Science Hymnal, No. 18):

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