Thriving in Adversity

Trials experienced in overcoming the self-deceptions of mortal existence should spur us on to redoubled efforts. The Psalmist declared, "Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word." Ps. 119:67; And St. Paul stated, "We glory in tribulations." Rom. 5:3;

How reassuring also are these words of Mrs. Eddy: "Like the verdure and evergreen that flourish when trampled upon, the Christian Scientist thrives in adversity; his is a life-lease of hope, home, heaven; his idea is nearing the Way, the Truth, and the Life, when misrepresented, belied, and trodden upon." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 139; Then she adds, "Justice, honesty, cannot be adjured; their vitality involves Life,—calm, irresistible, eternal."

The great compensation we receive in meeting adverse circumstances courageously is our growth in grace and in the understanding of God. The proverbial bed of roses has no place in the line of spiritual progress. We are admonished by our Way-shower, Christ Jesus, to take up our cross daily and to follow him. The cross symbolizes error met and overcome. Thus we thrive in adversity.

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