"The uses of adversity"

The poet Shakespeare wrote, "Sweet are the uses of adversity," and many students of Christian Science have learned that adversity, even opposition and antagonism, can result in mental improvement and therefore be a real benefit to them. It depends on their reaction to the discord.

The writer of Hebrews expressed a similar thought when he wrote, "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."  Hebr. 12:11; If, because of opposition, just or unjust, we spiritualize our concept of man as God's child, we are being exercised in the right way. Such mental activity results in good for all.

Purifying the Depths of Thought
February 10, 1968

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