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    The student of Christian Science must first separate the tares from the wheat; discern between the thought, 6motive, and act superinduced by the wrong motive or the true — the God-given intent and volition — arrest the former, and obey the latter. This will place him on 9the safe side of practice. We always know where to look for the real Scientist, and always find him there. I agree with Rev. Dr. Talmage, that “there are wit, humor, and 12enduring vivacity among God’s people.”

    Obedience is the offspring of Love; and Love is the Principle of unity, the basis of all right thinking and 15acting; it fulfils the law. We see eye to eye and know as we are known, reciprocate kindness and work wisely, in proportion as we love.

18    It is difficult for me to carry out a divine commission while participating in the movements, or modus operandi, of other folks. To point out every step to a student and 21then watch that each step be taken, consumes time, —  and experiments ofttimes are costly. According to my calendar, God’s time and mortals’ differ. The neo24phyte is inclined to be too fast or too slow: he works somewhat in the dark; and, sometimes out of season, he would replenish his lamp at the midnight hour and 27borrow oil of the more provident watcher. God is the fountain of light, and He illumines one’s way when one is obedient. The disobedient make their moves before 30God makes His, or make them too late to follow Him. Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance.

118:1    Human will must be subjugated. We cannot obey both God, good, and evil, — in other words, the ma3terial senses, false suggestions, self-will, selfish motives, and human policy. We shall have no faith in evil when faith finds a resting-place and scientific under6standing guides man. Honesty in every condition, under every circumstance, is the indispensable rule of obedience. To obey the principle of mathematics ninety-9nine times in one hundred and then allow one numeral to make incorrect your entire problem, is neither Science nor obedience.

12    However keenly the human affections yearn to forgive a mistake, and pass a friend over it smoothly, one’s sympathy can neither atone for error, advance individual 15growth, nor change this immutable decree of Love: “Keep My commandments.” The guerdon of meritorious faith or trustworthiness rests on being willing to work 18alone with God and for Him, — willing to suffer patiently for error until all error is destroyed and His rod and His staff comfort you.

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