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From the November 1917 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Since the Master's instruction to his disciples was, "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect," it is clear that he was urging upon them the necessity of acquainting themselves with certain fundamental rules leading to perfection; in other words, he was asserting the practicability of bringing out in their lives man's spiritual birthright of heavenly harmony—an inheritance which he proved, by his mighty works of conquering sin, sickness, and death, to be the rightful estate of "the sons of God. " In this connection it is of special interest to study Jesus' instructions on this subject, with a view to discovering what metaphysical requirements or basic qualities of thought he outlined as practical guides to attaining perfection.