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“Let this mind be in you”

From the March 2024 issue of The Christian Science Journal

When a Christian wants to work out the right course of action in a given situation, he or she might ask, “What would Jesus do?” But, “What did Jesus know—and how can I know it, too?” might be more to the point of what is needed to be a better Christian.

For example, the Gospel of Luke describes Jesus meeting ten lepers at the entrance of a village. They were standing at a distance, presumably to avoid contact with anyone. At that time, leprosy was attributed to either sin or a divine curse, so passersby might have wondered what those men had done, or how they could be avoided, or how not to suffer a similar fate. 

But when the ten called out to Jesus for help, he apparently didn’t pause and wonder any of those things. He told the men to go directly to the priests, expecting that they would be declared “clean”—free of sin and disease. “And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed” (see Luke 17:12–19).

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