"Fret not thyself"

In Psalms we read, "Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity." Ps. 37:1; Today humanity needs to realize more than ever before the insidious nature of fretting, whether it be because of "evildoers," inconsiderate neighbors, neglectful friends, the cancellation of cherished plans, or any number of slightly disquieting circumstances. The verb "to fret" comes from a root word meaning "to eat up." We are all familiar with the informal question, "What's eating you?"

The fundamental and permanent way to gain freedom from fretting is to apply the healing balm available in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy. Here we find this definition of "oil" that, faithfully applied, is able to remove the causes of disturbance and soothe the most fretful individual: "Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration." Science and Health, p. 592;

Daily consecrating thought to acknowledging that God, good, is the only Mind, and that the carnal mind is an impostor without real presence or individuality, we find the healing oil that makes irritation and fretting an impossibility. When our thinking is filled with scientific charity, we see the glory and permanence of the goodness others express and the impersonal nature of the evil that claims to speak through them. Thus consecration and charity in their scientific sense nullify the human tendency to feel a loss of good or a sting from evil.

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Do Not Deviate from Your Course
May 3, 1969

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