by Willis F. Gross, adapted
To “rejoice evermore” and “in everything give thanks” is the command of God. Sometimes man thinks if he only had fewer problems, he would be able to rejoice and give thanks. He finds excuses why he isn’t loving God, keeping His commandments and progressing.
To be tempted is no sin. The sin is in yielding to temptation, believing the suggestions of error as true and acting accordingly. Yielding to sin robs man of the ever-presence and omnipotence of good. Resisting temptation increases power and strength. As you are being tried and tempted, just remember the joy and satisfaction of doing right.
The Christian Scientist is learning that he must work to succeed. Until you see what needs to be done and are willing to do it, there is no hope of success. To complain is useless. Christian Science teaches us how to work in Truth. Don’t complain. Rejoice! You are beginning to realize the words of our Leader, “Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger.” (Science and Health, page 410) Problems make us want to drop all mortal beliefs and turn naturally to God as our only available help. What God requires, man is able to do.
The law of God never changes, neither is it ever a respecter of persons. Everyone is rewarded by the same law of justice and mercy. Christian Science makes plain the truth about God and man and teaches us how to apply this truth to destroy sin and sickness. As a result of this teaching, students everywhere are destroying evil with good and receiving the reward of those who persist. As the apostle wrote, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”