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.
21Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covet- ousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome,
24or they will uproot all happiness. Be of good cheer; the warfare with one's self is grand; it gives one plenty of employment, and the divine Principle worketh with
27you, — and obedience crowns persistent effort with everlasting victory. Every attempt of evil to harm good is futile, and ends in the fiery punishment of the
Jesus said, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth,
1this defileth a man." If malicious suggestions whisper evil through the mind's tympanum, this were no apology
3for acting evilly. We are responsible for our thoughts and acts; and instead of aiding other people's devices by obeying them, — and then whining over misfortune, —
6rise and overthrow both. If a criminal coax the unwary man to commit a crime, our laws punish the dupe as ac- cessory to the fact. Each individual is responsible for
Evil is impotent to turn the righteous man from his uprightness. The nature of the individual, more stub-
12born than the circumstance, will always be found argu- ing for itself, — its habits, tastes, and indulgences. This material nature strives to tip the beam against the spir-
15itual nature; for the flesh strives against Spirit, — against whatever or whoever opposes evil, — and weighs mightily in the scale against man's high destiny. This conclusion
18is not an argument either for pessimism or for optimism, but is a plea for free moral agency, — full exemption from all necessity to obey a power that should be and is
21found powerless in Christian Science.