"The mind of the Lord" overruling human opinions

Even though we recognize the guidance of God, divine Mind, in our own activities, we may not be as ready to recognize it in someone else's. If we honestly search our thought, we may be humbled to find that we have been opposing God's will by our opposition to other people's choices. Listening to divine Mind means understanding that since Mind is the all-knowing, all-seeing creator of all, each individual has the wisdom of Mind's instruction for guidance in his or her life.

A familiar area in which this lesson can be learned is family relationships. In raising children, have the Biblical obligation to direct children's thoughts to the worship of God and obedience to His law. But there comes a time when children are no longer children. That is when and why we want to be able to leave them in God's care and guidance, acknowledging that they are actually God's spiritual offspring. In Science and Health Mary Baker Eddy writes: "Like our nation, Christian Science has its Declaration of Independence. God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love" (p. 106).

How can we know God is guiding us?
November 7, 1994

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