Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Question: How do we know whether or not our hearts are becoming pure?
Answer: We would know by taking a close look at our thoughts as often as possible, to see if we have any errors of thinking that do not meet the standards of Truth as taught by Jesus and Christian Science. This process is called self-examination.
If you are in school, you know that your teachers must give you tests, or exams, to see how well you have learned the material you were taught. Examinations show how much you
really understand. Just so, self-examinations are important for your spiritual growth and
“Watch, and pray daily that evil suggestions, in whatever guise, take no root in your thought nor bear fruit. Ofttimes examine yourselves, and see if there be found anywhere a deterrent of Truth and Love, and ‘hold fast that which is good.’” (My. 128)
“We should examine ourselves and learn what is the affection and purpose of the heart, for in this way only can we learn what we honestly are.” (S&H 8)
“Examine yourselves, and see what, and how much, sin claims of you; and how much of this claim you admit as valid, or comply with.” (Mis. 109)
“Watch diligently; never desert the post of spiritual observation and self-examination. Strive
for . . . purity.” (Mis. 154)
Practice: Today, take time to examine your thinking. Do you find unloving or hateful thoughts? Replace with Truth!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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