Truthfulness and Peace

Thoughts that have their source in God are truthful because God is Truth. And truthfulness is accompanied by peace because peace belongs to God. There is no real peace apart from Him. A departure from truthfulness means loss of peace, a guilty conscience, a restless, uneasy existence. Christian Science points out that truthfulness is natural to man, God's man, who is made in Truth's likeness. Hence this admirable quality is more than a personal virtue and can always be demonstrated as an indestructible element of one's character.

Mary Baker Eddy says in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "God fashions all things, after His own likeness. Life is reflected in existence, Truth in truthfulness, God in goodness, which impart their own peace and permanence." Science and Health, p. 516;

Christ Jesus came to teach mankind the truth of being, which is permanent, and he destroyed what is untrue, impermanent: sin suffering, ignorance, blindness, deafness, death, and the limiting beliefs that claim to be laws of time and space and matter. He called the devil, or evil, a liar and said, "There is no truth in him"; John 8:44: and he declared to a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well, "The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth." 4:23: Later he could say to his followers, as he was about to depart from the earth, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." 14:27; He had lived a peaceful life because he had lived a truthful one.

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Abiding in the Vine
February 10, 1968

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