Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Question: How do we make peace within our own thinking?
Answer: Mary Baker Eddy writes, referring to a verse from the Book of Job, that “one must
acquaint himself with God, if he would be at peace.” (Ret. 28)
Therefore, if we desire peace, we must rid our thinking of anything that would prevent us from knowing God. The citations below explore some of the bad traits that would hide God from us:
“Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all
happiness.” (Mis. 118)
“The divine ruling . . . banishes forever all envy, rivalry, evil thinking, evil speaking and acting; and mortal mind, thus purged, obtains peace and power outside of itself.” (Mis. 204)
“Popularity, self-aggrandizement, aught that can darken in any degree our spirituality, must be set aside. Only what feeds and fills the sentiment with unworldliness, can give peace and good will
towards men.” (Pul. 21)
Why is it important for us to make peace within? Mrs. Eddy tells us:
“When a man begins to quarrel with himself he stops quarrelling with others. We must exterminate self before we can successfully war with mankind.” (‘00 8)
Practice: Keep a watch on your thinking today. Put a stop to any thoughts that would cause you to lose your peace!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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