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Christ Jesus counseled a questioner to love God with strength, thus implying what true strength is and what to do with it. Repeating ancient law he said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Mark 12:30;
This great command requires the activity of affection, spiritual sense, intellect, and strong character if one is to worship God effectively and with power to keep his physical body vigorous and his life meaningful. Weakness or depressed energy is a physical sensation just as much as pain is, and it can be overcome by Christian Science in the measure that such spiritual sensations as peace and reverence and joy crowd physical sensations out of thought.
God puts strength into our minds, and it is there that we should look for it rather than in muscles and nerves. At times of temptation to succumb to weakness or fatigue one should ask himself, "How strong is my love of God, my faith in His power, my spiritual discernment of His presence, my understanding of His goodness, my determination to trust Him instead of drugs, or matter, for health?"
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Do You Live in a Ghetto?
KIMMIS HARTLEY HENDRICK
True Heredity Is from God
ANNA HARPER REID
Seeing God's Children
JOHN B. WEBB
Man's Place Is Already Established
LOUISE E. TAUBERT
Why Do We Not Covet?
MARJORY S. M. CERN
What Work Is Most Needed?
LOUISE B. WOODS
Mildred Kendall Snyder
Helen Wood Bauman
Unhampered by Crowds
Alan A. Aylwin
Christian Science came into my life when my husband and I...
Hattie M. Noga with contributions from Stanley B. Noga
It is with great joy that I bear witness to the healing power of...
David Haughton with contributions from Dorothy Mary Haughton
My grandmother proved that Christian Science heals when her...
Nancy Elisabeth Cooper with contributions from Elizabeth G. Hudspeth
How does one begin to express gratitude for the great blessing of...
Elizabeth G. Hudspeth
When I was a teen-ager, a friend of my mother introduced her...
Maxine H. Moore
Several years ago I had been having many painful earaches
Colette Ane Hyde with contributions from Amaryllis Hyde
RADIO PROGRAM NO. 359 - Communicating with the Younger Generation
Theodore Clapp with contributions from Jerome Franke
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Archibald W. Lyon