Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Question: What part do we play in our reformation?
Answer: In addition to our daily prayer to God, we need to study the Bible and Science and Health to learn more about the nature of sin and evil. Our improved understanding can help speed our progress spiritward. Here are some statements from Mary Baker Eddy that might help:
“Reform comes by understanding that there is no abiding pleasure in evil, and also by gaining an
affection for good according to Science, which reveals the immortal fact that neither pleasure nor pain, appetite nor passion, can exist in or of matter, while divine Mind can and does destroy the false beliefs of pleasure, pain, or fear and all the sinful appetites of the human mind.” (S&H 327)
“This conviction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, is one of the most important points in the
theology of Christian Science.” (S&H 404)
“Silencing self, alias rising above corporeal personality, is what reforms the sinner and destroys sin.” (Ret. 67)
“Only those, who repent of sin and forsake the unreal, can fully understand the unreality of evil.”
“Every pang of repentance and suffering, every effort for reform, every good thought and deed, will help us to understand Jesus’ atonement for sin and aid its efficacy.” (S&H 19)
Practice: Today, look for ways to do good deeds for others. This helps us to practice unselfishness, and is loving.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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