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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

30evil-doer.

Jesus said, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth,

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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

9himself.

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.

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