Realizing that his students needed much encouragement, instruction, and guidance in order to be able to follow his example, the master Christian, Christ Jesus, by his tender persuasion and loving promises always gave them fresh inspiration. Emphasizing the value of perseverance and steadfastness in learning and practicing what he taught, he said (John 8:31, 32), "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Our beloved Master, because of his clearness in knowing the truth that makes free, healed the sick and sinning and raised the dead, bringing peace, joy, and liberation to all. In our day, thousands have experienced immediate relief from and healing of sickness, sin, and other discordant conditions through knowing the same truth which Jesus practiced and which Christian Science reveals.
While many have had instantaneous healings through the application and study of Christian Science, we sometimes find an individual who feels a sense of discouragement because the condition under which he seems to be laboring has not yielded to Truth. Possibly mortal mind is arguing that his condition is of long standing, of a deep-rooted nature, or induced by heredity, and that it is therefore difficult to heal. Possibly he is inclined to be envious of the progress others are making, believing that he is one of the unfortunate individuals whose trouble is such that he is doubtful of the outcome.