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The resolve of Love

From the November 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

There is a great deal of power in spiritual resolve. This precious quality of thought courageously affirms that God is all good, and sticks to it! Spiritual resolve is harvested from the soil of humility, which surrenders what we think we see and know, for what God is and does. Unlike zealousness, resolve comes from a steady, sturdy, and meek confidence in God as all-powerful, and as always operating on our behalf. 

The Bible has an abundance of stories and verses that illustrate this spiritual single-mindedness. For instance, the Psalmist said, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalms 119:89). Praying with that verse quiets any objection of the material senses to God’s healing power and makes room in thought for the spiritual truths that are absolute and final.

Other examples in the Bible include the prophet Elisha, who resolved to see the widow in plenty rather than in want (see II Kings 4:1–7). Jacob at Peniel resolutely argued for his spiritual status as a child of God, rather than as a flawed mortal under the yoke of material burdens he had endured (see Genesis 32:24–30). On the road to Damascus, Paul discovered his true self and purpose as he relinquished “the old man”—misled and off-course—and resolved to be led by the Christ (see Acts 9:1–20). In the lives of each of these men, their spiritual sense predominated over what the material senses were presenting. 

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