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Struggles—opportunities to prove our unity with God

From the May 1996 issue of The Christian Science Journal

It is natural to expect healing in Christian Science to come quickly. There may be times, though, when it isn't immediate, and we need to be firm in keeping out harmful thoughts that would impose themselves on us. Are we tempted, for instance, to condemn ourselves simply for finding ourselves in a challenging situation? Such a thought isn't from God. It's a suggestion of the carnal mind, which would focus our attention on a false view of man as a sinful or victimized mortal. It needs to be recognized as false and replaced with the sweet, perfect, and authoritative truth that God is pure good and that man is His immortal, unblemished, uncontaminated child, inseparable from divine Love.

We have nothing to be ashamed of as we work to establish a clearer understanding of the activity of God and His Christ in our lives. And we can remember that our caring Father-Mother, God, gives us all that we need. The Bible says, "My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:19.

God is all-powerful, all-gracious, and man is the direct expression of God. The relationship of God to man is as close as the relationship of a parent to a child—in fact, closer. God and man are inseparable, like the sun and the sunlight. You simply cannot have one without the other. So it follows that man is because God is.

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