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Renounce the hidden things

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Announcements Forums Truth – January 22nd, 2017 Renounce the hidden things

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    bruce
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    Paul states in II Corinthians “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty”. We are all in the ministry of being truthful. The very nature of Truth is that the truth comes to light and is known. We should gladly welcome the searchlight, it reveals what needs to be known, reveals the good, and exposes that which needs to be removed. There is more to dishonesty than telling a lie, it also included keeping things hidden that need to be known. Evil breeds in secrecy. What a quality of character it is to trust our God with disposal of events and allow the light of truth do its work.

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    Gary
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    The sentence in the Bible citation goes on to give us some clues as to what is really at work to create the hidden things of dishonesty: “not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully;”

    Mrs. Eddy tells us that one of the requirements for practicing Christian Science is unselfed love. Selfishness is the downfall of every Christian. Those who strive to promote themselves, or to use Christian Science for personal gain or benefit, are “handling the word of God deceitfully.” It can’t work, because selfishness is a belief in many human minds, a belief that good is not infinite, and that it is material, not spiritual. This is all self-deception, handling the word of God deceitfully, which is ultimately dishonest for a Christian. The standard of Christian Science, is “perfect God and perfect man” (S&H, 259), which excludes selfishness.

    There is nothing more liberating than to take this truth to heart, burn out the darkness of selfishness, and walk in the light.

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    Susanne
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    “Mrs. Eddy tells us that one of the requirements for practicing Christian Science is unselfed love. Selfishness is the downfall of every Christian. Those who strive to promote themselves, or to use Christian Science for personal gain or benefit, are “handling the word of God deceitfully.””

    Thank you for this post! I was clueless about this before coming to Plainfield. This selfishness thing is very subtle… so I was, at one time, selfishly misguided without really realizing it.

    “There is nothing more liberating than to take this truth to heart, burn out the darkness of selfishness, and walk in the light.”

    Very true! I so appreciate the teaching here and this forum.

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