Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.
Question: Is this another way of saying we must be “seekers” for Truth?
Answer: It depends upon how strong your desire is to do the seeking. In her writings,
Mary Baler Eddy uses the word strive to indicate something similar to the efforts of those
who hunger and thirst for righteousness. The dictionary states that strive “implies great
exertion against great difficulty and specifically suggests persistent effort.”
Mrs. Eddy’s statements regarding “striving” confirm the importance of our making great
efforts on a steady, regular basis to seek the Truth which nourishes:
“Seeking is not sufficient. It is striving that enables us to enter.” (S&H 10)
“Mortals may seek the understanding of Christian Science, but they will not be able to glean from Christian Science the facts of being without striving for them. This strife consists in the endeavor to forsake error of every kind and to possess no other consciousness but good.” (S&H 322)
“Simply asking that we may love God will never make us love Him; but the longing to be better and holier, expressed in daily watchfulness and in striving to assimilate more of the divine character, will mould and fashion us anew, until we awake in His likeness.” (S&H 4)
Practice: Although you probably have a very busy life going, it is so important to have God’s goodness active in our thinking, that we must make the time on a daily basis for prayer. Take a few minutes now to quietly listen to God.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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