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What God gives can't be given up
We could define "inalienable" as that which cannot be surrendered or taken away. But Webster supplies us this interesting statement, which goes a step further: "that is 'inalienable' which one cannot give away or dispose of even if one wishes."
Think of the possibilities implied by that statement—especially in light of Mrs. Eddy's words, "God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience." Science and Health, p. 106; Whatever God has given cannot be surrendered under any circumstance!
We can never be without God's gifts or give them up even if we suppose we can turn our back on them or believe we do not want them or refuse to express them. What are these spiritual gifts? Joy, eternal life, real substance, genuine love, are among them. As we better understand these gifts we see them more concretely expressed in our lives. Spiritual joy is evident in happiness and wellbeing, in enthusiasm for good and inspiring activity. The understanding of divine Life gives us undiminished health, overflowing strength, vitality.
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Kate Holland Patton
The Continuity of Good Eradicates Evil
GEORGE R. SAUERS
Being All We Can Be
SHARON SLATON HOWELL
Endless Peace and Joy
SANFORD C. WILDER
Laura Ann Stout
Richard F. Bush
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Nathan A. Talbot
Approving the purpose of a member of her household to take a...
"Freely ye have received, freely give" (Matt. 10:8)
Joyce Louise Esgar
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Enyinna Nwabuisi with contributions from Kathryn L. Nieman, Gertrude P. Fogel
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